Canadian Parliament: a notorious pirate marketplace

The IP addresses assigned to the Canadian Parliament have been implicated in several copyright-violating BitTorrent downloads. The – IP block was seen to be in BitTorrent swarms for movies, Windows cracks, Adobe Premiere, ripped CDs, and many other files. The IP records were retrieved from YouHaveDownloaded, a Russian database of IP addresses seen in copyright-infringing swarm. Other YouHaveDownloaded queries have yielded evidence of illegal downloading at the RIAA, the official residence of Nicholas Sarkozy, the Department of Homeland Security, and several MPAA member companies.

“It’s pretty funny, given that this very same group of people is working on harsher copyright law with Bill C-11, ” says former Pirate Party Candidate for Vancouver Centre Travis McCrea, “It just highlights how absurd and unenforceable this copyright monopoly is. Just as in the Hurt Locker lawsuit, we can tell where the files were downloaded but it is impossible to tell which individual is responsible.”

PRESS RELEASE: Copyright Infringement in Canadian Parliament


  1. The unfortunate thing is you can have documented video proof of Parliament/RIAA downloading movies, yet nothing would happen, it would be roundly denied and nothing would come of it. 

  2. “It’s pretty funny, given that this very same group of people is working on harsher copyright law with Bill C-11, ” says former Pirate Party Candidate for Vancouver Centre Travis McCrea

    Well, maybe not the same people. I don’t know if Canada is like the US in this respect, but rather than demonstrating hypocrisy in the parliament, it might be highlighting the different Internet use and workplace computer misuse habits of the 20- and 30-something staff vs their much older bosses.

  3. All you have to do is find the biggest criminal around on parliment hill, and assume it s them.   In this case that means the canadian prime minister.

  4. The other thing this shows is just how unequal the enforcement is in these cases.  If joe citizen is “caught” on these IP lists, they can get in a heap of trouble.  When it is the RIAA or some legislative body, they look they other way.

    And people wonder why there is a general attitude of contempt for these laws.

  5. Someone like the EFF should bring suit on behalf of the infringed parties.  Maybe they could change some MP’s minds about this issue.  (Probably not, though…)

  6. My letter to my MP

    Dear Member of Parliament,

    As a supporter of impeding legislation on changes to Canada’s copyright laws I would like you to explain how after the passing of Bill C-32 the RCMP or other enforcement body (including disciplinary actions normally employed within the public service) will deal with copyright violations that occur at the house of Commons.

    As you may know, some IP addresses that resolve to the Canadian house of Commons have been positively correlated with alleged copyright infringing activities including downloading music, movies and books (please see for a list of house of Commons IP addresses and file names that have been downloaded).

    After Bill C-32 becomes law, will the Government of Canada receive warnings from its ISP and after sufficient warnings will lose Internet services?

    Will the employees or members of Parliament responsible for this infringing activity be charged, fined and, perhaps, disciplined for their illicit acquisitions?

    I think it should be prudent that a policy to publicly identify house members who are associated, either directly or indirectly as a result of their staff’s actions, with infringing activity be proactively developed and shared with Canadians. We want to know that punishment for this type of lawless behaviour by members of Parliament or their staff will be equally applied. Canadians don’t expect our public servants to be held to a higher standard; however we expect that standard to be enforced regardless of how it might affect the government, opposition parties or their employees.

    I know with tools like the IP address tracking of bittorrent downloaders found at, Canadians will be vigilant to monitor and report any misdeeds whose source is the house of Commons IP addresses.


  7. I’m sure they’re only doing it for “research purposes.” Or at least that’s what they’ll say if anyone actually calls them on it.

    1. As long as that’s an exception that’s actually specified in the existing laws, then that’s fine.

      If not, then that claim is meaningless as far as legality is concerned.

  8. I only have one comment to make about the whole debacle: IPv6.

    No more confusion, every atom in the galaxy is given an IP address (there’s that much adress space.)

    Every request is from one machine to another machine, known to both and to all.

    The lawyers would absolutely HATE it.

  9. I worked at Environment Canada many years ago as a contractor building a web site. Because procurement took a while, I was using the TRIAL version of Dreamweaver. When it expired a month later, I was told the real package has not arrived and that I’d have to look on the ‘net on how to rip it out of the registry so I could *reinstall the trial*. The software finally showed up, two days before my contract was over.

  10. When will you filthy liberals learn that you can’t use evidence against the conservative party! It doesn’t work! How do you think they got elected?

  11. It could be basic research. Its not actually illegal (yet) so there is no reason you can’t ask a staffer to demonstrate “how these torrents work”.

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