Not to be outdone by their American counterparts, someone at Parliament is illegally pirating things off the internet, as uncovered by the Pirate Party of Canada. What’s the big deal? It’s not like the House of Commons is trying to pass legislation to reform copyright for the digital age. Oh wait. Deets after the jump.
I should probably just retype everything I wrote last week from the Congress post, because it’s the exact same deal. Taking a page from Torrentfreak, the Pirate Party used the website You Have Downloaded to track some IP addresses from Parliament and see if they have downloaded via torrent. Jackpot!
I’ll remind you that IP addresses are strings of numbers that identify every computer or device on the internet. You can verify that the IP address above (188.8.131.52) belongs to Parliament by entering it in this box on this page. You get a result that the address belongs to the domain parl.gc.ca. Naughty, naughty!
I’ll also remind you that we have no way of knowing who exactly it was at Parliament doing the downloading. Could be anyone. Industry Minister Tony Clement, who is responsible for Bill C-32? The dude I know who works as a page? Senator Jacques Demers? The janitor? This is the same problem that exists when media companies use an IP address to sue someone. Now I’m really repeating myself from last week.
Well this time I am going to assume the downloader was Stephen Harper. Who else would like Maroon 5 that much?
tap of the gavel to reader moeman for the tip