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Movie Studios Accused of Engaging in Illegal Filesharing

By - Source: TorrentFreak | B 20 comments

TorrentFreak said it discovered static IPs leading back to Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney, Sony Pictures und 20th Century Fox among shared movie downloads on BitTorrent.

The publication said its ScanEye revealed that "BitTorrent piracy is rampant in Hollywood."

According to the data, it appears that Paramount employees had a preference for movies such as Battle Force, Happy Feet and The Hunger games, while Warner Bros. showed interest in adult entertainment, Sony employees on BitTorrent tend to sharing games and TV shows such as Top Chef.

TorrentFreak did not reveal details of its search and the exact volume of illegal move file sharing. Judging by the article the conclusion that piracy is "rampant" may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it is certainly embarrassing for the movie industry that it BitTorrent filesharing apparently takes place under the publishers' own IPs.

 

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    nitrium , December 29, 2012 1:37 AM
    I, for one, am not surprised by this at all.
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    25gtt , December 29, 2012 2:14 AM
    Oh the irony....

    BUT

    What really stood out is: Wascally wabbit watches wude movies....
  • 12 Hide
    Maxor127 , December 29, 2012 3:32 AM
    WTF is Battle Force?
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  • 22 Hide
    nitrium , December 29, 2012 1:37 AM
    I, for one, am not surprised by this at all.
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    abbadon_34 , December 29, 2012 2:07 AM
    hahahaha,

    Actually I bet some it was illegal "hacking" by the studios to insert fake virus downloads into the pot
  • 21 Hide
    25gtt , December 29, 2012 2:14 AM
    Oh the irony....

    BUT

    What really stood out is: Wascally wabbit watches wude movies....
  • 12 Hide
    Maxor127 , December 29, 2012 3:32 AM
    WTF is Battle Force?
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    brandonjclark , December 29, 2012 3:32 AM
    100% some employee was internally sharing. Don't you see phuckheads? You can't stop us!
  • 3 Hide
    XngXtuHl , December 29, 2012 8:17 AM
    Probably employees using company internet for personal use
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    Antimatter79 , December 29, 2012 9:55 AM
    How are their computers even allowing P2P filesharing on company networks? We can't even stream online radio stations at my job due to IT policies.
  • 1 Hide
    yannigr , December 29, 2012 10:07 AM
    Add to this the billion fake views in youtube from movie studios and you can understand why the lawyers from these firms ask for a gazillion dollars in damages.
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    leakingpaint , December 29, 2012 11:39 AM
    well do they think the stuff gets leaked from?
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    tomfreak , December 29, 2012 11:56 AM
    Stop making stupid movie with expensive CG, start make better story line and sell the movie cheaper. Piracy will cut by half if u cut the price by half.
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    beayn , December 29, 2012 12:29 PM
    TomfreakStop making stupid movie with expensive CG, start make better story line and sell the movie cheaper. Piracy will cut by half if u cut the price by half.
    Then they're still making the same money. Why would they do that? They want increasing profits.

    abbadon_34hahahaha,Actually I bet some it was illegal "hacking" by the studios to insert fake virus downloads into the pot


    This.
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    asd123_38 , December 29, 2012 3:16 PM
    Quote:
    This


    Why comment when you don't even have a comment. Getting tired of seeing "This".
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    Anonymous , December 29, 2012 3:36 PM
    I would think that pirating movies would be in decline with all the crap coming out of Hollywood lately. Battle Force, really?
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    groveborn , December 29, 2012 4:07 PM
    asd123_38Why comment when you don't even have a comment. Getting tired of seeing "This".

    Welcome to a nation of free speech. People just don't give a shit about what you like.
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    beayn , December 29, 2012 5:23 PM
    asd123_38Why comment when you don't even have a comment. Getting tired of seeing "This".
    It's a quick way to agree with the comment. I could have repeated the comment if you'd so prefer. "Yes. I think movie studios inject viruses into torrent downloads as well." Duh.

    Why did you bother saying anything to me at all? Lots of angry people around here during the Holidays, I'm getting sick of their rude comments about other people's comments.. there's been an exceptional number of them lately.


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    dextermat , December 29, 2012 6:47 PM
    +1 virus *facepalm*
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    ProSnipor , December 29, 2012 7:54 PM
    Hahaha, this is hilarious! I really think the entertainment industry's cries about piracy should be silenced after so many reports like this. Seriously, this screams "We're pirates too guys"
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    acerace , December 30, 2012 12:41 AM
    beaynIt's a quick way to agree with the comment. I could have repeated the comment if you'd so prefer. "Yes. I think movie studios inject viruses into torrent downloads as well." Duh.Why did you bother saying anything to me at all? Lots of angry people around here during the Holidays, I'm getting sick of their rude comments about other people's comments.. there's been an exceptional number of them lately.


    We're angry because kiddies like you posting BS all over Tom's. Want proof? Look at anything smartphone-related articles.
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    redemptionse , December 30, 2012 4:05 PM
    Antimatter79How are their computers even allowing P2P filesharing on company networks? We can't even stream online radio stations at my job due to IT policies.

    Its fairly easy to bypass these things with encrypted proxies and/or virtual desktops etc.
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    dalethepcman , December 31, 2012 8:56 PM
    redemptionseIts fairly easy to bypass these things with encrypted proxies and/or virtual desktops etc.


    Neither a proxy nor a virtual desktop would help you circumvent a corporate firewall in the least bit, at least not any that I have ever setup.

    If you really want to circumvent a corporate network's firewall, you need only establish a VPN connection to a pay to play VPN service. Most corporate network allow VPN handshakes to accommodate their corporate guests accessing their own corporate networks. After the connection is established it would take packet inspection to see whats going on, which while possible, is against most companies policies.

    Basically if your corporation spies on you (packet inspection), and you do something illegal (like torrenting a movie) and they don't actively try to stop the activity, the corporation is responsible as an accessory to the crime. The loss of "plausible deniability" for illegal activities performed by end users is more costly in culpability for almost any company.
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