US House of Representatives enjoy torrenting movies and TV shows; here are some of their favorite BitTorrent downloads

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It looks like the US Congress doesn’t need to look very far for examples of internet piracy for inspiration to put together another internet-related legislation. Turns out pirated movies and TV shows can be found within the walls of Capitol Hill. Anti-piracy forensics company ScanEye has published a report revealing pirated movies and TV shows being downloaded through IP addresses associated with the US House of Representatives.

In October and early November, episodes of TV shows Glee, CSI, Dexter and Home and Away were downloaded while films like Iron Sky, Life of Pi and The Dark Knight Rises were all downloaded over Congress’s network (either Congress-owned computers or private computers connected to Congress’s network). Interestingly, Bad Santa 2, a film that is scheduled for release in December 2013 also makes the list.

Ars Technica also notes that during the height of the SOPA debate in 2011, pirated content was also allegedly downloaded by the Congress, including a copy of Windows 7. There is, of course, no way of knowing whether these downloads were initiated by actual lawmakers or their staff. But it’s still an interesting look inside Congress — something that I’m sure they wouldn’t want the public to know about.

It also proves that piracy is indeed everywhere.

[via Ars Technica, ScanEye Report, image via Alex Guibord]

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13 comments

  1. Mike

    Yes, it makes for a fun article, but the fact of the matter is, there is no evidence that “Congress” is doing this. As I’ve mentioned previously, wherever there are people and employees, you can very likely find torrenting.

  2. Rob (Down Under)

    I had tremendous trouble getting this page to load.
    I suspect that the FBI ( or is it the CIA, or is it Homeland Security ?) were trying to block it, or delete it.
    It finally got loaded, but I reckon you are on their ‘watch list’ now

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  4. jayesstee

    All Governments insist on the “don’t do what we do, do what we say” policy. It’s just a matter of degree that separates the known bad guys from the so-called “good” guys! :=((

  5. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @mukhi: I’ve updated the article to say “downloaded over Congress’s network” simply because we cannot be sure if the computers that the downloading on are actually owned by the government or are private machines connected to Congress’s network. Still, your point holds valid.

  6. mukhi

    “all downloaded by a Congress-owned computer. Interestingly, Bad Santa 2, a film that is scheduled for release in December 2013 also makes the list.”

    LOL. they are enjoying piracy with probably super-speed internet facility, and still the department wants common people (who cannot probably afford to go to theater or buy movies for whatever the reason is) to be fined/jailed…i told you money can buy anything.