Epic Fail: Lawmakers Support SOPA While Staffers Download Illegal Files

December 28, 2011 -

While lawmakers are arguing over SOPA and Protect IP - two bills that could change the way the Internet works in order to fight piracy - it seems that many staffers on Capitol Hill are spending a lot of time downloading movies, TV shows, music, games and books via BitTorrent. According to a report from TorrentFreak over 800 IP's that originate from Capitol Hill are at the BitTorrent trough, even as they write laws against illegal downloading and file-sharing.

Using YouHaveDownloaded.com, TorrentFreak has found that over 800 downloads that show everything from adult self-help books to TV shows and movies being snapped up and shared.

They only list a few of the 800 hits they found on YouHaveDownloaded, which represents only a fraction of the total downloads coming from that location since the site only tracks a limited percentage of total BitTorrent traffic. As TorrentFreak points , out "this is real and confirmed data that is just as good as the evidence used by the RIAA when they sued tens of thousands of people for file-sharing."

You can check out the list of downloads by visiting TorrentFreak. Once again those that support these kinds of laws seem to believe in the old adage "do as I say, and not as I do." We say, don't ruin the Internet and we won't point out your hypocrisy.


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Re: Epic Fail: Lawmakers Support SOPA While Staffers ...

Good to see that nepotism is alive and well in this country.

Re: Epic Fail: Lawmakers Support SOPA While Staffers ...

So if they are using torrent - that means they are 'making available' Torrent data too - after all; that's how Torrent works.

Meaning - at some point, the DOJ will have to block itself, right? lol

Re: Epic Fail: Lawmakers Support SOPA While Staffers ...

Lawmakers not obeying the very legislation they wrote an supported? Surely you jest.

Re: Epic Fail: Lawmakers Support SOPA While Staffers ...

Just wait until we see all of the exemptions that will be written into this for lawmakers and corporations.

The obvious thing to do if (perish the thought) SOPA passes would be to report all violations by all congresscritters and major corporations using these kinds of data lists. After all, such 'evidence' is good enough for a MPAA or RIAA lawsuit.

Re: Epic Fail: Lawmakers Support SOPA While Staffers ...

SOPA's passing will result in a complete and utter (figurative) bloodbath. Everyone who opposes it is going to be trying to nail hypocrites in Washington for breaking it, while pretty much the entire internet gets blocked off for American users and every business reliant on it for revenue goes fucking bankrupt. Unless they find some loophole, which lawmakers will scramble to close.

SOPA, if it passes, is going to be the new prohibition.

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Makes me wonder if some politicians have a vested interest in seeing some online businesses go down.

Re: Epic Fail: Lawmakers Support SOPA While Staffers ...

Or, you know, the internet itself, as a few comments by content providers seem to point to.

Re: Epic Fail: Lawmakers Support SOPA While Staffers ...

Too true, at the least they seem to have an interest in being able to shut down their opponent's website so any reason the see fit.

 
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