US House of Representatives: Internet pirates

TorrentFreak continues to crawl through YouHaveDownloaded, a database of IPs that have been logged by a BitTorrent-spying tool run by some folks in Russia. They've already revealed the downloading habits of the RIAA and DHS as well as the behavior detected at Nicholas Sarkozy's official residence, and now they're publishing stats on the US House of Representatives.

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.

Books tend to be popular in the House because we found quite a few more, including “Do Not Open – An Encyclopedia of the World’s Best-Kept Secrets” and “How Things Work Encyclopedia”. But of course the people at the heart of democracy are also downloading familiar content such as Windows 7, popular TV-shows and movies.

And there was another category we ran into more than we would have wanted too. It appears that aside from self-help books, House employees are also into adult themed self-help videos. We’ll list one of the least explicit here below, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

As for me, I'm just shocked (and a little bit heartened, to be honest) to learn that there's someone in the House who knows how to use the Internet.

While Drafting SOPA, the U.S. House Harbors BitTorrent Pirates


    1. Or perhaps they will just vote to make pirating digital material legal for members of Congress just as insider trading is fine and dandy once you are elected to the hallowed halls of the US Capitol.

  1. And this is precisely why we need to use SOPA (if it passes) to file blacklist complaints against the government itself.  Of course, voting out every single incumbent couldn’t hurt either…

  2. Our actual representatives wouldn’t sully themselves by touching a computer connected to the internet.  That’s what interns are for.

  3. The information ministry in Orwell’s 1984 could access & read all banned items.   Ditto today in China & elsewhere.   SOPA will not affect the corporate-fascist regime.

  4. The fact that “Crucial Conversations” is on this list just absolutely slays me.  It’s published by McGraw-Hill, who are one of the nearly 20 publishers on the SOPA support list. 

  5. If you listen to them talking about copyright infringement, Congress itself is immune to copyright infringement, or so they say. One of the Anti-SOPA reps submitted the Lyrics to “The Internet is for Porn.”

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