The RIAA follows the same piracy book it despises

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Date added: 22 Dec 2011

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The organization that's considered a synonym to anti piracy might just have ruined its reputation over a TV show.

There are many people supporting antipiracy laws and a wide number of organizations that benefit from the current copyright-centered status of entertainment. But if there’s one main supporter among them that has characterized for its vehement efforts to bring pirates down, that definitely has to be the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

From the Napster days up until to these days, the RIAA has led the crusade against illegal downloading with an iron fist. Except that the association only uses it with outsiders John and Jane Doe. When it come to insiders, it seems that the organization doesn’t have any problems with illegal downloading.

Practice what you preach

A Russian site called YouHaveDownloaded has been gathering information on BitTorrent users on a worldwide scale. Through BitTorrent trackers (the same method used by antipirates to track infringers), the site has collected data on more than 50 million users (or I should be saying “IPs”) and their downloading habits. And after a little bit of research, the guys over at TorrentFreak found out that the list not only contained average Joes.

Among the many major organizations that pirate contents with BitTorrent clients there was the RIAA. Six unique IP addresses that were sharing copyrighted material were discovered among the list of the RIAA’s IPs.

You could argue that such materials could be used for researching purposes. And while this might be true, it’s hard to believe that the first five seasons of Dexter were necessary to conduct an investigation.

“We didn’t do it”

Of course, it took little to no time for the RIAA to deny all of the accusations. And to do so, they resorted to the oldest “trick” in the book: they put the blame in somebody else. Apparently, those addresses would be used by a third party and not by anyone in the RIAA staff. Additionally, the IPs would be similar to those assigned to the association.

There are three things that result from such explanation. The first is that there TorrentFreak proved that the IPs weren’t similar but the same. So, if such addresses were assigned to the RIAA and they were later used to download protected materials, then definitely someone within the organization is using them for that purpose.

Second, the idea of someone else using the IPs is just laughable, especially for an organization with the RIAA’s status. Why would they let anyone to use their own IPs for who knows what? It seems ridiculous and unbelievable.

Finally, it’s disgusting to see the RIAA pulling the “it’s someone else’s IP” card, especially when the association itself has dismissed such claim in court. When used as a valid argument by many of the people that got sued by the RIAA, the organization refused to hear. Now that the ball’s in their court they should start acknowledging that people are not IPs nor numbers and that the pirate witchhunt must end right now.

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