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Sony, Universal, Fox Caught Pirating via BitTorrent

By - Source: TorrentFreak | B 53 comments

By using the BitTorrent download tracking website YouHaveDownloaded, Sony Pictures and other Hollywood studios have been discovered to be acquiring pirated content.

TorrentFreak has discovered that BitTorrent pirates reside within the likes of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fox Entertainment and NBC Universal despite their extreme legal efforts to stamp out BitTorrent-related pirated content. TorrentFreak stumbled across this revelation after pumping a special BitTorrent detection website, the Russian-based YouHaveDownloaded, full of Hollywood's IP addresses.

According to the tracker website, Culver City-based Sony Pictures Entertainment has downloaded the new Conan the Barbarian movie (2011), "Lonely Boy" by the Black Eyed Peas and a handful of other pirated files. TorrentFreak points out that YouHaveDownloaded only tracks a small percentage of all public BitTorrent downloads, so there's a good chance Sony employees are leeching even more illegal content from the BitTorrent highways.

The Russian tracking site also reveals that NBC Universal employees residing in Fort Lauderdale have downloaded a DVD rip of Cowboys and Aliens, the entire first season of "Game of Thrones," some trance music and much, much more. Valley Village, California-based Fox Entertainment only shows one downloaded file: Super 8 (2011).

In addition to Hollywood, TorrentFreak also investigated other institutions including Google's own Corporate office in New York which produced a long list of warez -- even a pirated copy of Windows 7. The Church of God was also investigated, but was discovered to have only downloaded TV shows whereas music royalty collecting agency Buma/Stemra reportedly downloaded an episode of Entourage and a copy of Battlefield 3.

Buma/Stemra later claimed that its IP address was "spoofed." Sure it was.

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    j5689 , December 15, 2011 2:16 AM
    If somebody doesn't sue them for this, I'm gonna be super pissed, why should they get away with it and then everybody else gets financially raped for way more than any of it was actually worth?
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    alikum , December 15, 2011 2:12 AM
    Pot calling kettle black. Why am I not surprised?
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    zodiac321 , December 15, 2011 3:07 AM
    One small download for Sony,
    One large victory for pirates
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  • 30 Hide
    alikum , December 15, 2011 2:12 AM
    Pot calling kettle black. Why am I not surprised?
  • 30 Hide
    j5689 , December 15, 2011 2:16 AM
    If somebody doesn't sue them for this, I'm gonna be super pissed, why should they get away with it and then everybody else gets financially raped for way more than any of it was actually worth?
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    jryan388 , December 15, 2011 2:17 AM
    JUSTICE
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    the_krasno , December 15, 2011 2:20 AM
    Oh it will be so funny to see them try to weasel out of this one!
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    ananthu123 , December 15, 2011 2:38 AM
    Bulls**t, i just checked, and there were files downloaded by my IP I hadn't even dreamed of... They probably dont take into account whether your's is Dynamic IP or not...
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    beerdette , December 15, 2011 2:43 AM
    Don't they mean "Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys?
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    JohnnyLucky , December 15, 2011 2:51 AM
    ROFLMAO
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    DjEaZy , December 15, 2011 2:59 AM
    Sony, Universal, Fox Caught Pirating via BitTorrent? Sue them!!!
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    svdb , December 15, 2011 3:02 AM
    ananthu123Bulls**t, i just checked, and there were files downloaded by my IP I hadn't even dreamed of... They probably dont take into account whether your's is Dynamic IP or not...
    Large companies only use fixed IPs.
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    zodiac321 , December 15, 2011 3:07 AM
    One small download for Sony,
    One large victory for pirates
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    surfer1337dude , December 15, 2011 3:22 AM
    Throw the book at each them! i want to see multi-million/billion dollar lawsuits for this... otherwise any other lawsuit should be considered bs and thrown out of court... just sayin :) 
  • 21 Hide
    surfer1337dude , December 15, 2011 3:23 AM
    CKKwanThat is annoying..... HDD shortage will be extended beyond 2013....Nothing else I really care about......

    Then dont post on a different article....
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    cpatel1987 , December 15, 2011 3:26 AM
    Ha! Can't even keep track of their own employees. But really, anyone surprised? How else do Blu-Ray rips of movies make it a few weeks or months BEFORE the release date?
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    iLLz , December 15, 2011 3:45 AM
    I am not surprised at all. Although I would love to see some poetic justice on this. It's sad that they do it and nothing will come of it but if we mere mortals do it, the world comes to and end.
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    mightymaxio , December 15, 2011 3:53 AM
    Wait till ipv6 and everyones got there own unique ip address instead of dynamic it will all become static. Good luck trying to run away from that when they catch you!
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    gtx_560tiuser , December 15, 2011 4:16 AM
    Everyone (well almost)PIRATES! :p 
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    de5_Roy , December 15, 2011 4:26 AM
    LMAO hollywood entertainment corporations have bigger pirates within them!!
    talk about karma, justice, boomerang etc.
    this is proof that hollywood is the biggest pirate of them all. government should slap SOPA on SONY.
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    c_herring , December 15, 2011 4:49 AM
    I imagine they'll leave each other alone. If one studio ever actually took another to trial then they'd risk their target setting legal precedents for potentially effective defenses, which would be bad for both sides because then both of them would have more difficulty targeting us.
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    turbotong , December 15, 2011 5:14 AM
    so would the legal doctrine of "unclean hands" prevent them from suing other people in the future?
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