Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hypocrisy: IP addresses assigned to House of Representatives engaged in illegal downloading

Congress wants to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which would hamstring bloggers, social networking sites and even YouTube. They claim they are protecting against copyright infringement. Strangely, they seem to en engaged in copyright infringement while they are trying to stop it. Oh well, they never thought the rules applied to them anyway. Learn why SOPA is very bad here.

Via BoingBoing:
The House, of course, has been mired in Internet controversy since Rep Lamar Smith introduced his Stop Online Piracy Act, which establishes a regime of national censorship in the name of fighting copyright infringement. So it is with some amusement that TorrentFreak points out that more than 800 of the IP addresses assigned to the House of Reps were involved in copyright infringement over BitTorrent, according to the YHD database. There's a big trove of self-help books in there, with titles like "Crucial Conversations- Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High," and who knows, maybe that's what Mr Smith was reading when he decided to sell out America to Hollywood?
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.

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