Lawmakers in US House of Representatives amongst pirates

As debate wound down for the year over the upcoming Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill, the file sharing weblog TorrentFreak exposed an interesting group of hypocrites behind SOPA: users from the RIAA and the Department of Homeland Security were caught downloading music and episodes from Bittorrent sources. Add this in addition to movie studios caught pirating from each other.

To round up the trifecta of persons with double standards behind SOPA are revelations of IP ranges coming from the United States House of Representatives which were used to grab some free content on Bittorrent, as TorrentFreak reveals.

The culprits obtained files relevant to their daily profession with publications such as "Crucial Conversations- Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High" and "How to Answer Hard Interview Questions And Everything Else You Need to Know to Get the Job You Want," for lawmakers to easily master the skill of dodging questions from mainstream media and a crowd of angry anti-SOPA protesters on the Internet.

To round off the list of pirated content are the usual suspects of movies, books, copies of Windows 7, and some 18+ "entertainment" for those long hours of debate at the House. (Cleanup utensils not included.)

As with previous reveals, the downloads were retrieved from a small subset of Bittorrent traffic tracked by YouHaveDownloaded. Given the IP ranges involved are easily traceable to government computers, one has to wonder why lawmakers did not use their own residential connections to seek out illegal copies of politically beneficial advice. That's common sense advice they forgot to pirate.

Thanks casper2 for the news thread in the forums!

Image Credit: TorrentFreak

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XX55XX said,
I think their aides are doing it, not the legislators themselves.
Or the aides are doing it under direction of their bosses. Maybe not an instruction such as "go illegally download blah blah blah" but something along the lines of "oh just go find blah blah blah somewhere on the internet, I don't care where as long as I get it by end of day".

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
IPs are dynamic so we don't really know for sure, now do we? lol.

Really? You think the U.S. Government doesn't have several (static) netblocks? *facedesk*

FuhrerDarqueSyde said,

Really? You think the U.S. Government doesn't have several (static) netblocks? *facedesk*

I think he was being sarcastic. Oh geez I hope he was being sarcastic!!! Right?!

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
IPs are dynamic so we don't really know for sure, now do we? lol.

My home IP is static, dial-up is usually dynamic.

These morons are hypocrites just passing the buck.

Not surprising. Congresspeople, i.e., "politicians" are all corrupt to varying extents. Their hierarchy: themselves, their friends, the Party, then, maybe "the people." So sad.

I am sure it happens in every man's government, nut just the US. I guess representing the People is a tiring job that needs some entertainment.

Erikas said,
I am sure it happens in every man's government, nut just the US. I guess representing the People is a tiring job that needs some entertainment.
Power corrupts human beings. There is no denying it. That's why we're *supposed* to have checks and balances but over the years the politicians have slowly slipped in tons of perks and exceptions for themselves such as being innocent of insider trading (even though they all do it and make a TON of money doing it) or the wonderful benefit of a lifetime paycheck & free health insurance.

Tim Dawg said,
Power corrupts human beings. There is no denying it. That's why we're *supposed* to have checks and balances but over the years the politicians have slowly slipped in tons of perks and exceptions for themselves such as being innocent of insider trading (even though they all do it and make a TON of money doing it) or the wonderful benefit of a lifetime paycheck & free health insurance.

Tim Dawg said,
Power corrupts human beings. There is no denying it. That's why we're *supposed* to have checks and balances but over the years the politicians have slowly slipped in tons of perks and exceptions for themselves such as being innocent of insider trading (even though they all do it and make a TON of money doing it) or the wonderful benefit of a lifetime paycheck & free health insurance.

Terms limits in both houses would solve much of this corruptions--How about 2 terms for Senate, 5 terms for the House; with no resetting after sitting out a term or two.

Laws exists to keep the common folk inline, that's how it's always been. People of money, power or privilege it does not apply. It has been that way since antiquity.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
Laws exists to keep the common folk inline, that's how it's always been. People of money, power or privilege it does not apply. It has been that way since antiquity.

Doesn't mean it still doesn't anger people though...

Yep for Thabloomonkey...However the Mac address ISNT...ties the ip directly to a single machine...if not using a proxy, not using mac spoofing either!!! So yes it can be tied directly to WHOMEVER is using the machine or at least where physically the machine is located and assigned to!!!
The fact that our lawmakers are performing the piracy or allowing the piracy to occur directly in their own houses speaks volumes as to how they percieve .... the "Public" their constituents...we should do as they say Not as they do...rules don't apply to them...this has been the attitude for our government for Far too many decades now...like writing bad checks, like getting traffic tickets fixed, like voting pay raises for themselves behind closed doors while freezing the pay raised of All else including our armed forces...well you get the gist of what these folks consider "Perks" of their positions of power and party, you only get in trouble if you get caught so don't get caught!
Eyes Wide Open...remember the constitution says when a government no longer represents the will of the people...we should remove it. This isn't minor corruption...this is what our government has sunk to at all levels...they no longer lead the American people or would be considered leaders themselves...they instead line their own and special interests... pockets with as much as they can get knowing absolutely that there will be no repercussions.
The division of have and have nots is becoming rapidly, glaringly, obvious for ALL to see!

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