Major Labels, RIAA, Homeland Security All Spotted 'Pirating' Works
from the telling dept
Early last week we noted that, using the tool, YouHaveDownloaded, some folks in the Netherlands noticed that the local music collection society appeared to be engaging in infringement. You knew that wasn’t where things would end. Soon after that, people spotted infringement emanating from NBC Universal, Sony Pictures and Fox Entertainment — three of the biggest supporters of ever more draconian copyright law. And, of course, that was just the beginning. The RIAA and Homeland Security have now also been identified. And, no, in most of these cases, it’s clearly not just for research purposes or to find infringers. The RIAA, for example, could probably get away with downloading music… but the first five seasons of the TV show, Dexter? That’s tougher to believe. The folks at Gizmodo have calculated just how much the RIAA’s likely infringement here should cost, using the RIAA’s own metric of the maximum statutory rates of $150,000 per infringement… and figured the RIAA owes about $9 million. Somehow I doubt we’ll see the RIAA pay up any time soon.