The Piracy Calculator (April Fools' Day 2006)

As of March 31, 2006, the Piracy Calculator is no longer online. My personal thanks go to everybody who visited this site and took part in the fun and games since it launched in June 2005. The operation has been successful beyond my greatest expectations.

A complete list of dates, times, IP addresses and hoard totals has been submitted to both the RIAA and the MPAA, as well their counterparts in Canada, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Spain, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Those of you - the vast majority - who confessed to pirating copyrighted materials to the value of more than one thousand dollars US can expect to receive lawsuits from the relevant authorities within 30 days.

Thank you for helping us to reduce piracy in this way.

Hugh E. Samuels
Associate Finance Director
Recording Industry Association of America