After they’ve been discovered as illegally downloading copyrighted materials from torrent sites, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) representatives came forward to deny the allegations, stating that a third-party vendor is actually behind the addresses.
At the time, they were found to have downloaded content such as rap music albums, an episode of Law and Order, five seasons of Dexter and a couple of audio applications.
“This is inaccurate. We checked the block of IP addresses allocated to RIAA staff to access the Internet and no RIAA employee was responsible for this alleged use of BitTorrent,” RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy told CNET.
“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,” he said.
So, as it was expected, RIAA rushed to clean its name and reputation, but the guys from TorrentFreak, the ones that reported the incident in the first place, say that it’s very hard to believe that a third party is allowed in this manner to use the IP addresses.
Even if RIAA is right and the mysterious third party is using their IPs to commit piracy acts, how can they just stand there and watch this happening right under their piracy-sniffing noses.
While in some cases, especially if they’re done for profit, piracy acts can be condemned, it’s really difficult for the everyday user to obey some laws when even the policeman is breaking them.
Other industry giants that were identified as housing copyright infringers haven’t made statements regarding the accusations and French president Nicolas Sarkozy is also ignoring the accusations brought against Elysee Palace.
While some may consider them cowards for not defending themselves, I think the silent approach is somewhat better than pointing the finger at others.