Well, they are humans first and foremost, no? So what if they propagate anti-piracy slogans and ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ (Sopa) and at the same time do not practice what they preach? Who does?
According to an anti-piracy service ScanEye report shared by US News and World Reports, Employees of the US Congress were found to be downloading a host of television shows and movies illegally. They tracked seven culprits but there’s a greater possibility of there being more.
The shows tracked to be download most included the likes of British chat show Alan Carr, Chatty Man, and The Queen of Versailles.
Before casting stones at the US Congress however, it is only fair to recognize they aren’t the only organization involved in the act. People at Hollywood studios, major record labels and the US department of homeland security all have been found to be culprits at one time or another.
There have been lots of efforts to curb online piracy but for every action there seems to be an equally stronger and smarter reaction to find a loop and continue reaping the benefits of online content theft. The fruits of online piracy are probably too sweet to give up for most-especially when it comes to music and movies.
SOPA itself has been unable to deliver what it has been set up for. For the most part, it has faced a lot of opposition; the powers being sought were so great that it was feared they might cause significant collateral damage. They would permit US law enforcement agencies to block websites at the "domain" level rather than at the level of the allegedly infringing site. In that way, Sopa would interfere with the domain name system (DNS) which is at the heart of the internet. If the DNS is barred from providing the address of a particular site, then that site effectively becomes invisible (though technically adept internet users will still be able to find it.
Not everyone is in favor.