RIAA Caught Pirating, Uh Oh

The RIAA has been known to attack consumers for downloading content over the internet illegally. Now, data has shown that the RIAA was caught downloading illegal content. TorrentFreak has taken the time to look up what Fortune 500 Companies and Government agencies were downloading over torrents. Every IP address that they tried kept coming up in the list with downloaded file history. They even found IP addresses that were linked to the RIAA.

What happened when they confronted the RIAA about the downloads over torrent networks? The RIAA blamed it on someone else. Specifically, the RIAA said

“Those partial IP addresses are similar to block addresses assigned to RIAA. However, those addresses are used by a third party vendor to serve up our public Web site,” a spokesperson told CNET, adding, “As I said earlier, they are not used by RIAA staff to access the Internet.”

The RIAA blames the downloads on a 3rd party vendor to which they do not disclose. What is interesting about their excuse is that they own the IP address range but allowed someone else to use it. Here is the IP address range that the RIAA owns and was found to be illegally downloading files via torrents. It is definately possible that the RIAA did not download these files, however it is still fishy that someone else is using the IP addresses owned by the RIAA.

The most annoying thing about the RIAA in this entire situation is the fact that the RIAA sued over 20,000 people over the years that claimed ‘someone else did it” as well. When they told the RIAA in court, the lawyers ignored them and proceeded in taking their money. We will keep an eye on this story and see where it heads, so stay tuned.

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