RIAA: Our Torrenting IP Addresses Were Used By a Third-Party

Ryan Whitwam

Ever since the interesting, yet disturbing site YouHaveDownloaded went live, the Internet has reveled in hunting down the IP addresses of copyright cops who have been illegally downloading content via torrents. One group found to have some internal pirates is the RIAA, which records show has 6 IP addresses downloading infringing content. Now the RIAA has responded with a defense similar to some alleged file-sharers: it wasn’t us.

The RIAA is claiming that the IP addresses in question were run by a mysterious third-party which connected to one of the public torrent trackers. “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,” an RIAA spokesperson said. So it is the group’s position that the IP addresses might belong to it in some tacit way, but someone else did the deed.

If the situation were reversed, and it was the RIAA accusing someone else of file-sharing, we imagine they wouldn't much care who was actually using the IP address at the time. The RIAA was remarkably vague about just which associated third-party was using its IP address, but they’re probably not going to sue.

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