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Members of Congress Download A Lot of Illegal Torrents

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BY: Dave Thier
Source: forbes.com

Washington DC - Torrents can be a troublesome thing for a lot of people: they know that, objectively, it is stealing, but downloading TV shows seems so harmless, and they're right there. For a lot of people, it's just too hard to say no. Apparently, that group of people includes members of Congress. Even as they were drafting the language for the Stop Online Piracy Act, it appears that the United States Congresspeople were engaging in a liberal amount of online piracy, according to a report from Torrent Freak. By looking through youhavedownloaded.com, a website that archives torrent downloads from specific IP addresses, it was able to put together a picture of what Congresspeople are using their bandwidth for. The system isn't perfect - it doesn't separate dynamic ISP's, and can sometimes assign downloads to people who didn't actually do them. Also, it only tracks a small percentage of total bittorrent traffic. But Torrent Freak found a wealth of information coming over 800 IP addresses assigned to the US Congress.

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Posted on 2/16/2012 4:18 AM | Editorials
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