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Torrenting popular songs could result in automated fines

Billboard Top 100 Torrenting Fines

You might want to watch your back if you were considering torrenting any of those catchy pop songs you keep hearing on the radio. According to TorrentFreak, piracy monitoring firm Rightscorp now protects over 1 million copyrights, including 13 tracks on the Billboard Hot 100. Rightscorp has already closed more than 50,000 cases since its recent campaign against piracy began.

If you subscribe to one of the 100 U.S.-based internet service providers that have already had to disseminate settlement requests, you could be facing a fine of $20 per torrented track. A single download won’t break the bank, but all 13 copyrighted tracks would set you back $260. Of course, you could ignore the letter, but considering that pirates “could be liable for up to $150,000 per infringement in civil penalties,” it’s probably worth settling out of court. The letter that Rightscorp is sending to pirates can be seen below.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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