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SOPA Supporters And the US House of Representatives are all Online Pirates

The video posted above talks about all the people that are supporting SOPA and how they are contradicting their stories from the past. Most of the supporters that are trying to pass SOPA, were at some point or another running their own “illegal download sites” to make money from the traffic. These companies are trying to hide their past as best as possible, but it’s going to be a long while before internet users forget what happened.

Perhaps the most interesting thing is that there people that are breaking the very law they are trying to pass. TorrentFreak continues to crawl through YouHaveDownloaded, a database of IPs that have been logged by a BitTorrent-spying tool run by some folks in Russia to find important IP addresses. These are the people that detected illegal downloads from the RIAA and DHS, but now they are releasing statistics of the US House of Representatives.

It turns out that the House of Representatives likes to download things from BitTorrent sites, according to the YHD database. These are the same people that are trying to pass SOPA, to Stop Online Piracy downloads.

Something that immediately caught our eye are the self-help books that are downloaded in the House. “Crucial Conversations- Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High,” for example, may indeed be of interest to the political elite in the United States. And “How to Answer Hard Interview Questions And Everything Else You Need to Know to Get the Job You Want” may be helpful for those who aspire to higher positions.

Books tend to be popular in the House because we found quite a few more, including “Do Not Open – An Encyclopedia of the World’s Best-Kept Secrets” and “How Things Work Encyclopedia”. But of course the people at the heart of democracy are also downloading familiar content such as Windows 7, popular TV-shows and movies.

And there was another category we ran into more than we would have wanted too. It appears that aside from self-help books, House employees are also into adult themed self-help videos. We’ll list one of the least explicit here below, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


No wonder SOPA is so poorly written, if that’s what they’re watching while they’re writing the laws. If you check out some of the other documents, you’ll quickly realize that these guys need some help with more than just their viewing habits. Everything from – how to answer difficult questions – to  how to speak in front of people. Most of the files are illegal downloads, their SOPA law is supposed to stop this from happening but I guess the government has the believe of – Do as I say, not as I do.