Today I learned via BoingBoing that Torrent Freak had done some research into what the good folks over at the U.S. House of Representatives have been downloading on BitTorrent. Yes, that’s right. While drafting legislation to prevent piracy on the internet, some folks who work there were downloading books, movies, and porn. Yes, porn.
But I’m not going to talk about the porn. Much as I would love to get into that. I want to focus instead on the books again.
The first one that TorrentFreak posted was Crucial Conversations. For those unfamiliar this is a popular business/management book that teaches people how to hold conversations when the stakes are high and they probably need to explain why something is happening that people don’t like. You could imagine why people in Congress would need this book.
As I mentioned the other day, there are numerous publishers who are backing SOPA. One of those publishers is McGraw-Hill, the publisher of Crucial Conversations.
Similarly, Do Not Open: An Encyclopedia of the World’s Best Kept Secrets and the How Things Work Encyclopedia were downloaded in the House. Both of these titles are published by DK Press, a division of Penguin. Penguin, is also backing SOPA.
Now, I’m not going to spend time going combing through the all the IP addresses of the House of Representatives on YouHaveDownloaded.com, but if anyone else does, and they find more pirated books please let me know. Especially if those books are from publishing companies that are supporting SOPA.