RIAA wins "dog ate my homework" excuse of the year -

When the RIAA  laywers are in court they tell the normally technically illiterate jury that if they have a "pirate" IP address then they have caught the person red handed.

In their eyes it is impossible for an IP address to be spoofed and the pirate is banged to rights. They then proceed to demand huge amounts of money from the "pirate".

As a strategy goes, this is not bad if you, or your staff are not caught out pirating using the same standard of proof you set for others.

Earlier this month it was reported how, by analysing the IP addresses in a torrent swarm, it was possible to find links to the offices of the RIAA. It seems that while they were frantically demanding the death penalty for pirates they were downloading copies of TV programmes illegally.

The RIAA have an excuse. They are telling the world and its dog that the six IP addresses used for the piracy was a mysterious third party vendor who unknowingly smeared the group's good name.

A redfaced spokesman told CNET  that those IP addresses are similar to block addresses assigned to RIAA, but they are used by a third party vendor to serve up the public website.

He insisted that those IP addresses were not used by RIAA staff to access the internet.

The question is one of faith. If you were an RIAA lawyer you would be outside the establishment with a lynch mob, a rabid priest and a stack of kindling.

The IP address is assigned to the RIAA and what mysterious third party is allowed to register a range of IP-addresses to your private organization, and then allow others to use these IPs?

We would have thought the RIAA, which sanctimoniously presumes to lecture others on their network security, should have worked out that it wasn't a good idea to let others use your organisation's addresses to browse the internet.

What is also amusing is that when the more than 20,000 plus people who were sued by the RIAA over the years used the "someone else did it" excuse they were told that this was impossible.

We guess that if there are similar cases and the "someone else did it" excuse is used then the RIAA's legal team will have to come up with a better rebuttal.