Software Exposes BitTorrent Pirates at Major Entertainment Companies

Software Exposes BitTorrent Pirates at Major Entertainment Companies

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While the entertainment industry continues to fight the world's pirating habits, it apparently forgot to check in on its own employees.

Popular BitTorrent website TorrentFreak has used a new Russian-based website capable of tracking about 20% of all public torrenting to search the habits of multiple companies involved in the war against pirating. Using the IP addresses of major Hollywood studios, the folks at TorrentFreak were able to pull the download history of these companies' employees. Depending on how cynical you are, the results were somewhat unsurprising.

TorrentFreak found evidence against the employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fox Entertainment, NBC Universal, and others. A quick search using this tool showed that in the last month alone, Sony employees downloaded Conan the Barbarian, some Dubstep music, and Beavis and Butthead. Fox showed records of downloading Super 8, while NBC was bagged stealing the entire first season of Game of Thrones, Cowboys and Aliens, and a collection of trance .mp3s. It's also important to note that this only covers offenses made from within the offices themselves (not at home), approximately 20% of total pirating, only the first three weeks of November, and but one of the hundreds of IP addresses associated with the companies.

TorrentFreak isn't the only one using the service to expose anti-piracy groups. Dutch blog Geenstijil used it to pin theft of Battlefield 3 and all of Entourage onto the music royalty collecting agency Buma/Stemra.

Buma/Stemra has argued against these findings by claiming that the IP addresses were spoofed, even suggesting that Sony, Fox, and the others adopt a similar stance against these recent accusations. This defense, however, comes with an interesting counter. As TorrentFreak puts it: "If it's so easy to spoof an IP-address, then accused file-sharers can use this same defense against copyright holders.

"Checkmate?"

Here's the site that TorrentFreak used. If you click on it, your results will be automatically shown for the IP from which you access it. Accessing the site will not "pull" your data, just show you what's already in a public database on you and your naughty pirating habits.

Source: TorrentFreak

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The Buma/Stemra kermitflailing is hilarious. They've now removed their press statement that their IP was spoofed, and claim "it was only intended for the press", not blogs like Geenstijl.
With this proof that they are themselves actively pirating and the ongoing scandals on artists not being paid, Buma/Stemra using a composer's music without paying, and the proof they are corrupt, I hope the government will finally abolish them.
Copyright law is completely unsuitable for the digital age and the correct response is to update it, not to ignore the internet exists and the world has changed.

So pirates like to rat out other pirates, eh?

Neat.

Am I the only one who finds this amazingly funny xD

I plan to show this to some people I know xD

I wonder if Activision and EA pirate each others games?

Sober Thal:
So pirates like to rat out other pirates, eh? Neat.

They're ratting out people who are against piratng, yet are pirates themselves...They're exposing their hypocrisy.

Haha wow.

Some of these news really make my day today.

Sober Thal:
So pirates like to rat out other pirates, eh?

Neat.

Ilikemilkshake:

They're ratting out people who are against piratng, yet are pirates themselves...They're exposing their hypocrisy.

Possibly... but there may be a bit of fridge brilliance here.

Buma/Stemra has argued against these findings by claiming that the IP addresses were spoofed, even suggesting that Sony, Fox, and the others adopt a similar stance against these recent accusations. This defense, however, comes with an interesting counter. As TorrentFreak puts it: "If it's so easy to spoof an IP-address, then accused file-sharers can use this same defense against copyright holders.

"Checkmate?"

Ilikemilkshake:

Sober Thal:
So pirates like to rat out other pirates, eh? Neat.

They're ratting out people who are against piratng, yet are pirates themselves...They're exposing their hypocrisy.

Dude, as lovely as that is, you know it's not true. They haven't said, look this is what the head of Sony Entertainment is pirating, or look this is what the lawyer is pirating, or this is what the guy running the anti-piracy campaign is pirating.

They're saying that these mega-corporations have some employees who pirate games.

To cap it off, two thoughts, one if any employer found out their employees were pirating games on company time on company computers, instead of doing the work they were paid to do. They'd probably fire them. Even if the were insurers or actuaries. The people who pirate games in this companies must be wetting themselves right now.

Second of all, we teach children 'just because he's doing it too doesn't make it any better'. We're pretty smart people

That site said i had only downloaded 2 ilegal files..... which is really awesome, means I've been hiding my tracks well.

(Note to moderators. This is a joke, do not take it seriously.)

Oh, and, really? Pirating at work? Serious pro's, those guys.

Well...considering how so much gets leaked to the torrents these days (before the product/movie is even out), one would assume the sources themselves at least have employees that engage in piracy.

So it's not really that surprising, though it also didn't take my usual cynical attitude to arrive at that conclusion ('surprisingly?').

No honor among thieves, eh?

According to this wonderful site, my housemates have been downloading all sorts of things. Also, according to the website, I am some sort of crazy ninja downloader, as nothing I have ever downloaded appears on the list. My anime collection remains hidden for another day!

Well whaddya know I haven't torrented ANYTHING AT ALL . . . . according to that site. Heh. That screams volumes to it's accuracy. Although due to website rules I won't say exactly how it screams volumes. You know wouldn't want to advocate or admit to piracy or anything.

Bet these companies are big on SOPA, too.

Doesn't surprise me. Forbidden fruit is just that much sweeter.

Yay, my record shows up clean *pats self on the back.*

hehehe XD, that's funny right there.
any chance the most vocal anti-pirates can be busted this way?

This just in: employees misuse company resources. Film at 11.

BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! EPIC LULZ!!!

Jesus non-existent Christ, this is good.

Wow my record on that site is really bad


I should get to work on fixing that asap.

A website that shows my illegal thieving thievery thief thiefs? Why, I must investigate.

Hi. We have no records on you.

HOW SURPRISING.

Remember kids, next time you accuse someone of stealing things because they pirate... YOU COULD BE ONE OF THEM.

I'm not surprised, nor do I approve of IP tracking in this case as with any other. All it will serve to do is make it harder for the employees of said companies to do anything online, let alone pirating. Even if 99% of the employees were involved, it's not the fault of the companies, since they no doubt have policies prohibiting such things. I hate all the complaining such companies do about piracy, but this doesn't prove/show anything about the companies, since they are made up of people who are human.

Haha, this is funny. I have apparently pirated something called "carjacked", which unfortunately, I have never heard of. So much for that website.

Edit: To the moderators, I have never pirated any such thing, just to clarify to avoid any accusations or moderator wrath.

Sober Thal:
So pirates like to rat out other pirates, eh?

Neat.

nah, its more like an anti-gay rights politician being outed after having sex in an airport bathroom with someone of their own sex.

Hilarious to the rest of us.

or at least to me, that is.

OT: Nothing much more to add, Pirates gonna Pirate, but like I said, it is fairly hilarious that people who are such strong supporters of copyrights get caught breaking the same laws they sue other people for.

Kalezian:

Sober Thal:
So pirates like to rat out other pirates, eh?

Neat.

nah, its more like an anti-gay rights politician being outed after having sex in an airport bathroom with someone of their own sex.

So because some interns and secretaries are asshats (pirates), everyone in the company is?

lol

So McDonald's endorses beating people to a pulp because one of their employees raged out on a couple of people that jumped the counter? (I can link the story if needed)

I don't think so.

I do think some people could lose their jobs over this tho. Thanks to asshat pirates being rats to their own people.

Sober Thal:

Kalezian:

Sober Thal:
So pirates like to rat out other pirates, eh?

Neat.

nah, its more like an anti-gay rights politician being outed after having sex in an airport bathroom with someone of their own sex.

So because some interns and secretaries are asshats (pirates), everyone in the company is?

lol

So McDonald's endorses beating people to a pulp because one of their employees raged out on a couple of people that jumped the counter? (I can link the story if needed)

I don't think so.

I do think some people could lose their jobs over this tho. Thanks to asshat pirates being rats to their own people.

On topic, this is kind of delicious. The irony of the entire situation is almost palpable

Sober Thal:

Kalezian:

Sober Thal:
So pirates like to rat out other pirates, eh?

Neat.

nah, its more like an anti-gay rights politician being outed after having sex in an airport bathroom with someone of their own sex.

So because some interns and secretaries are asshats (pirates), everyone in the company is?

lol

So McDonald's endorses beating people to a pulp because one of their employees raged out on a couple of people that jumped the counter? (I can link the story if needed)

I don't think so.

I do think some people could lose their jobs over this tho. Thanks to asshat pirates being rats to their own people.

On topic, this is kind of delicious. The irony of the entire situation is almost palpable

Hi. We have no records on you.

This means you are using a private torrent tracker or, of course, you may not be a torrent user at all! It happens. Please, entertain yourself. Feel free to see what other people have downloaded. The search box is on the top. If you have any friends who use torrents, use it to scare them off. We also have a widget that you can install in your website, blog or Facebook page. Or you can just send them a link to this site. They will see a table similar to what you see below. The only difference - they will see their downloads.
Well, you are in the clear. But look what others do

Woo! I'm not a scurvy dog after all.

In the same spirit, a French citizen ran the test against the Élysée Palace (French White House) IP pool and found out that the movies Tower Heist and Arthur Christmas were downloaded, as well as some Beach Boys albums. Google-translated source.

 

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