Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

Summary: Since the release of a website that monitors nearly 20 percent of all public BitTorrent downloaders, even more pro-SOPA figures have been found downloading copyrighted material.

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Earlier this week, it was found that employees of major copyright holders Sony, Universal, and Fox were all found to have illegally downloaded content through the BitTorrent network.

Today, two prominent figures in the online piracy fight were also found to be seemingly undoing all of their employers' hard work in the fight against online piracy

Perhaps it just goes to prove that everybody pirates?

(Source: ZDNet)

The Recording Industry of America (RIAA) is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Hollywood, working on behalf of the record industry. It's also one of the main proponents behind SOPA, the controversial anti-piracy act currently working its way through Congress.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does what it says on the tin. Part of its remit is to seize domain names controlled or managed by the U.S. government or U.S.-based firms to crack down on online piracy.

It would therefore be highly ironic should one find that employees of both the RIAA and the Dept. of Homeland Security should be found to be illegally downloading copyrighted material through peer-to-peer networks.

But the RIAA in particular will be feeling the heat when its workers arrive at the office on Monday morning.

According to TorrentFreak, entire series episodes have been downloaded from BitTorrent sites, as well as software, and even gangster-rap music by the music industry representative body.

Last week, one Russian website, YouHaveDownloaded, opened its doors as it claimed to track around 20 percent of all public torrent downloads. You can check your IP address -- as well as others -- against the database to see if you or prominent others are found illegally downloading copyrighted material.

From an search-engine optimisation (SEO) perspective, Stephen Chapman discussed how users who wish to remain anonymous -- and potentially out of the public eye of this site -- can do so when downloading content from the web.

Considering it's the RIAA who wants to disconnect pirates from the web, I suppose it shows that almost everyone is at risk from SOPA should the bill go through -- even one of the key outfits pushing for the bill.

Though over 200,000 people work for the Dept. for Homeland Security, it is no surprise that at least someone within the government department is downloading content illegally.

But one person alone can shame the collective entity, and any 'breach' like this would be vital ammunition for anti-SOPA advocates.

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  • RIAA just doesn't get it

    Piracy is the result of ridiculous prices. People started heavily pirating movies when the price went up over $5 per ticket. Music piracy was pushed by the cost of CDs to just get one good song.

    In other words, give people a reasonable price to be legal and the mayority will do the legal thing. Try to screw the consumer and the consumer will find a way to enjoy the product without paying for it.

    Guess why iTunes/iPod was successful where everybody else was barely making it?? iTunes gave people music for $0.99 per song.
    wackoae
    • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

      @wackoae

      iTunes is still overpriced, to be blunt. It is still charging the same prices as if you bought a physical DVD or CD. If they cut the price down to 1/3rd that (1/2 if it is a 'Top 40' song) without DRM, I would be willing to buy.
      Lerianis10
      • I guess you have NEVER used iTunes in your life

        @Lerianis10 iTunes sells the singles. Also it hasn't had DRM music for years.
        wackoae
      • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

        @Lerianis10 I recently discovered a group called Klaypex via a YouTube video called "Dubstep Guns" where their music was used for the video. When I looked them up, I discovered that their entire debut album was on their website completely for free. I donated $10 and emailed them to applaud them.
        cryptikonline
      • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

        @Lerianis10 Check out Louis C.K.'s experiment with a $5 DVD: https://buy.louisck.net/statement
        big red one
    • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

      @wackoae There's also an ease-of-use factor... just click a button and there's the song/movie/game/ebook you want within a few minutes, although NetFlix/Steam/iTunes has done well to fill that need.
      JeramieH
    • And availability

      @wackoae not just price but availability too. I don't live in the US but I would like to watch US TV shows and movies. I don't want to have to wait until they are released outside of the US. I am happy to pay and even pay a premium but I don't want to wait.
      Apple + iTunes is good in that so long as I have a credit card of a country I can access content from that countries iTunes store and consume anywhere. This includes streaming to AppleTV from the US store (for example) whilst overseas. Other online stores, e.g. Xbox, Sony, Netflix, do not provide the same functionality.
      Sure there are ways around location issues, e.g. VPN, but they are not always straight forward to set up and really shouldn't be necessary.
      Nihon8888
  • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

    Correction: Everybody downloads copyrighted content, most times because they have already paid for the content in question in some form (via cable TV memberships, etc.) and don't want to have to pay another half-dozen times just because they want to use something on another device!

    It's time for these companies to stop with the 'one time on one device' bullcrap and go to "one time period, no DRM, put it on any device you legally own or your children legally own!"
    Lerianis10
    • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

      @Lerianis10 I hope you have foggiest of ideas as to how sensible, logical, and far reaching your comment is. Agree 100%.
      netguyvikas
  • Oh baby, I love it

    RIAA and the Dept. of Homeland Security making us feel proud - and human. You guys friggen rock.
    klumper
  • Immediate no fly zone and humanitarian bombardment

    International community is concerned about the situation in the USA, especially construction of concentration camps throughout the country and anti-democratic arrests and brutal treatment of peaceful protesters which are flagrant violations of the foundations of a democratic society.

    UN must issue immediate no fly zone resolution, impose total trade embargo and initiate humanitarian bombardment to save poor and oppressed american people from the tyranny of democracy.
    Beryllium8
    • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

      @Beryllium8

      First, wait for the different political camps to separate. I just found out half my neighbors support lower taxes and increased government services... IN CALIFORNIA. If it weren't for the tech industry, California would be to the United States as Greece is to Europe.
      tkejlboom
      • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

        @tkejlboom That's simple. The half that pay taxes want their taxes lowered. The half that consume services (most who don't pay taxes) want more of them.

        The tech industry has been a double edged sword. They treated the revenue that came from all of the stock options and the like as if it was
        going to be like that EVERY year and they spent money BORROWED against that revenue. Oops.
        richard233
  • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

    I have been around long enough to see the end of 8-tracks, BetaMAX, VHS, Cassette tapes and soon, cd's.

    I have to say that the stupidly ironic part about the whole situation is that some of our biggest names in the industry, sony and the such should wrap their head around the idea that they gave us every means to duplicate media for as long as I have been alive.
    Well, It's a little late to say "oop's" now guys. I think EVERY anti-pirate cohort found illegally obtaining anything copy written should get a fair and equal dose of their own medicine. They should all be IMMEDIATELY escorted off the property of business, arrested, sued for more than they could ever afford and still keep a roof over their head and put back into the 99% like the rest of us. No free rides, no matter who you are. That's part of what makes america unequal.
    Nate_K
    • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

      @Nate_K They may have given us the means to duplicate, but there were strong legal battles fought over the legality of mix tapes and the like back in the day.
      p0figster
    • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

      @Nate_K

      VHS wasn't Sony, and Sony fought the distribution of personal dubbing in every market for as long as possible. For instance, the unit cost of a Blu-Ray burner aren't materially different from that of DVD burner, but due to licensing fees to Sony, they were $200+ until what, last year?

      Here's a riddle for you. Is it ethical to persecute people under an unethical law?
      tkejlboom
  • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

    So, what you're telling me is....one arm of the RIAA is suing...while the other arm is [i]'seeding'[/i]???
    eMJayy
    • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

      @eMJayy

      Lol! The way you put it is hilarious! Well said!

      Cheers!
      crystalsoldier
    • All hail twin edge swords

      @eMJayy <br><br>That's the short and sweet of it. ;)
      klumper
    • RE: Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents

      @eMJayy
      Sounds like a business model :)
      paul2011