Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Sony, Universal, Fox, RIAA, MPAA, and the Department of Homeland Security, we’re looking at you.

Armed with Russian-based tool YouHaveDownloaded, TorrentFreak tracked down the IP blocks of these groups and discovered they were all guilty of pirating software, music, and video content. Not too surprising, considering the size of these lobbying behemoths, however, it does put a flaming pile of irony atop the online piracy war.

Will these organizations investigate and prosecute their employees? Probably not, but with Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) still in limbo, this fine piece of investigative journalism could help sway our decision makers responsible for the fate of the internet.

YouHaveDownloaded, released just last week, aims to invigorate the general public into covering their online footsteps. Tracking more than 55 million users and 2 million files of publicly accessible BitTorrent information, their mission is emphasized by the site’s privacy policy:

“Baby, this is the Internet. There is no such thing as privacy around here. You are sitting in the privacy of your own house, clicking links, reading stuff, watching movies. It may seem like you are pretty much alone, but smart nerds are watching you. They watch your every move. You are not human to them. You are a target — a consumer.”

So, do they have anything on you?

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