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    Default The RIAA Pirated $9 Million Worth of TV Shows

    The same RIAA that makes examples out of ordinary folks by suing them for millions of dollars for file sharing? Turns out someone there's been pirating full seasons of Dexter. Nine million dollars worth. Whoops! That number—$150,000 for each of the 60 episodes illegally downloaded on the RIAA HQ ISP (OK?)—comes compliments of YouHaveDownloaded which logged the BitTorrent activity of some 50 million users and revealed that not only are the major movie studios pirating their own movies, but the RIAA is downloading pirated TV shows. Lots of 'em.
    Again, this is the same RIAA that has been shaking down a Minnesota mother of four for $1.5 million over 24 songs she shared on Kazaa. And it turns out, they're being generous in that case! Since the statutory damages sited by its own guidelines are much higher:
    … copyright holders can sue you for up to $150,000 in statutory damages for each of their copyrighted works that you illegally copy or distribute.
    So let's see, $150k per episode times 60 episodes comes out to roughly... $9,000,000, checks payable to CBS.
    Look, the RIAA's method of "enforcing" copyright law by suing people to oblivion is unfair. But to layer hypocrisy on top of that unfairness is just gross. How about you get your own house in order before you target your next Minnesota mom? [TorrentFreak]


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    You do know that major record / film companies and RIAA etc as well as governing bodies and even law firms regularly join torrents so they can log the IP's of those who are actively downloading said torrent ?

    Seems a lot of the above is simply tracking that behaviour, and I'm sure they could get their lawyers to say words to that effect to avoid any criminal charges
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaceboy View Post
    You do know that major record / film companies and RIAA etc as well as governing bodies and even law firms regularly join torrents so they can log the IP's of those who are actively downloading said torrent ?

    Seems a lot of the above is simply tracking that behaviour, and I'm sure they could get their lawyers to say words to that effect to avoid any criminal charges
    Exactly this.

    depending upon how you view it, it may be deemed bad or hypocritical, but the reality is, they are probably doing it as an attempt to catch people.

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    imo it should be illegal - same as letting cops go undercover into gangs and kill people just to get to the top man
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    They have been doing it for years. Back in 2004 if you used the application peer guardian and downloaded music/movies etc you would see peer guardian blocking riaa and mpaa ip address's from the torrent network like crazy.

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