[A2k] SOPA-Loving Congress Also Loves Downloading Pirated Files

Krista Cox krista.cox at keionline.org
Wed Dec 28 17:51:15 PST 2011

Congress Also Loves Downloading Pirated FilesBy KIRSTEN BOYD JOHNSON
Hey, everyone still remember the Stop Online Piracy Act that the cranky old
farts over at famous Washington senior center Congress have been feverishly
gluing together during craft time, to try to make all that noise from “the
tubes” go away? More and more people really, really hate the bill! This is
not surprising, because it is awful. What maybe is a little surprising is
the number of computers (hundreds!) within the House of Representatives — a
body that has so far shown largely bipartisan support for the bill — that
are busily downloading pirated content all the freaking time.
The folks over at TorrentFreak have been mining the database of IP
addresses in the archives at YouHaveDownloaded.com for evidence of
file-sharing over at the House of Representatives. There’s no way of
knowing whether any of the addresses belong to specific Representatives who
support the bill, but at the very least it seems possible from their search
to reasonably conclude, “Congress is stacked silly with Internet pirates.”
>From TorrentFreak:
Although we don’t plan to go on forever trawling the archives, we felt that
there was at least one place that warranted further investigation – the
U.S. House of Representatives. Since it’s the birthplace of the pending
SOPA bill, we wondered how many of the employees there have engaged in
unauthorized copying.
The answer is yet again unambiguous – they pirate a lot.
In total we found more than 800 IP-addresses assigned to the U.S. House of
Representatives from where content has been shared on BitTorrent. After a
closer inspection it quickly became clear the House isn’t just using it for
legitimate downloads either, quite the opposite.
Something that immediately caught our eye are the self-help books that are
downloaded in the House. “Crucial Conversations- Tools for Talking When
Stakes Are High,” for example, may indeed be of interest to the political
elite in the United States. And “How to Answer Hard Interview Questions And
Everything Else You Need to Know to Get the Job You Want” may be helpful
for those who aspire to higher positions.
And YES, also porn.
How will the insecure fappers in Congress SURVIVE if this dumb bill
passes?? [TorrentFreak via Boing Boing]

Krista Cox
Staff Attorney
Knowledge Ecology International
(202) 332-2670

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