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From adult films to movies to games, Hollywood employees appear to love to pirate content

BitTorrent monitoring company Scaneye and content rights outlet TorrentFreak have raised some pretty awkward questions for Hollywood's top studios.

In a new report, they show that static internet protocol addresses associated with Viacom Inc.'s (VIA) Paramount Studios, Time Warner Inc.'s (TWX) Warner Bros., Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758) Sony Pictures, News Corp.'s (NWS) Twentieth Century Fox, and The Walt Disney Comp. (DIS) have been actively downloading and sharing torrents.

Perhaps victims of the "bring your own device" trend, the members of the Motion Picture Association of America, are finding that their employees are file-sharers just like their counterparts in the general public.

Twentieth Century Fox reportedly shared the least content, while Warner Bros perhaps offered the most colorful list of stolen comment with their randy workforce downloading titles such as "A--holeFever - Ioana (The Summer is Magic)".  Overall a wide array of movies, video games, and TV episodes were being illegally shared.

Warner Bros
Some of Warner Bros. employees' downloads may give a new meaning to working "hard on the job". [Image Source: TorrentFreak]

The MPAA is known for its penchant for provocative statements and lawsuits.  In ads it proclaimed:

You wouldn’t steal a car
You wouldn’t steal a handbag
You wouldn’t steal a television
You wouldn’t steal a movie

Downloading pirated films is stealing,
stealing is against the law,

Well, one has to wonder whether some Hollywood folks are off stealing cars, because they certainly appear to be pirating movies.  Recall these are the same companies responsible for million dollar verdicts against working families and mass-lawsuit extortion schemes.

They're also the same ones pushing Congress to make laws to make piracy an imprisonable offense.  They and their big music allies (many of which share common ownership, e.g. Sony) filled nearly 10 percent of coffers of Senators in the last election cycle.

And while similar studies have shown Congressional offices to be active pirates themselves, the money has done a lot of talking as Congress has proposed a variety off efforts to stiffen piracy punishments and has condoned the lawsuits and legal threat campaigns by big media corporations.

Viacom lost a suit against Google Inc.'s (GOOG) YouTube video service, when server logs showed that Viacom employees had themselves uploaded many of the infringing video clips from Viacom properties such as MTV and Comedy Central.  It was unclear whether the uploads were a direct attempt to frame Google or simple hypocrisy, but either way the "billion dollar" case was quickly scuttled in the aftermath.

Large film and music corporations have at times been accused of "pirating" independent artists' work, selling it without permission and then looking to stifle the artists' ability to collect with a convoluted royalty system.  Music companies, including Sony have paid tens of millions of dollars to settle such accusations in Canada alone.

That said, illegal distribution -- while hypocritical and harmful to artists -- is not quite as hypocritically humorous as movies studio employees directly engaging in torrent piracy.  Thus the industry -- or its employees at least -- appear to have sunk to a new low.  As the popular idiom goes, "Do as I say, not as I do."

Source: TorrentFreak

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By TheJian on 12/27/2012 4:31:53 PM , Rating: 3
He didn't say he'd pirate anything. ONLY that he would pay for anything put out by Hollywood etc.

You're assuming that because one says they'll not pay for it, that also means they'll take it. Quit putting words in his mouth.

The problem is what YOU see, not what he said...LOL.

I won't pay for and haven't paid for a movie or album in years and refuse until they lower their own wages to, oh I don't know a few hundred K per movie for even the top actors. Lets face it all they do is talk and memorize lines. That isn't worth what their paid, and nothing is worth me paying more than $1-2 for less than 2hrs of entertainment. Reduce movies to that and maybe I'll show up to buy a ticket :)

Reduce games to $20 like Legends of Grimrock, Torchlight 1 & 2 (the creator said they make the same $14 on $20 digital download as he did on $60 retail), gog priced games etc, Baldur's Gate Enhanced (when it lands on gog...LOL) and I show up to buy. Charge me $60 for 10-15hrs of entertainment and again, I tell you where to stick it.

Am I a pirate now too?...LOL. Either way, their DRM stops dishonest people for 10 minutes if that. FWIW I don't give a damn what they see or think about me :)

If you're having lots of fun at work, you're likely not doing your job, and that's not what he meant anyway. He meant FUN as in they're downloading music/movies etc from WORK...While suing people for the same at home...ROFL...jeez.

Since when did NOT paying for a movie/music cd etc become illegal? I can decide not to pay for anything I don't want. It's only illegal if I TAKE it without paying which he didn't say he does. :) So I think he chose the correct protest, as he didn't say anything more than not paying. Go to work for the MPAA, you think like they do. You didn't pay, so you must have stolen it. Umm, nope, maybe I just think your pricing is crap, and so is your product ;)

Then again, I have Roku, netflix, hulu, antenna, and unlimited cable...ROFL. I have no need for anything more than that TV wise. Gog satisfies most of my gaming needs.

You're also forgetting piracy does not = money lost. Most would just not use the content if you took easy access away. They seem to think we all can afford their crap, but it's far from true. If MR. X stopped pirating, it doesn't automatically mean Mr X would start wasting his money on whatever he pirated. He may need other things like FOOD for his table instead. I'd venture to guess 80+% of the people who pirate couldn't afford 1/10 of what they do pirate, and a good portion couldn't afford any of it without changing something else in their life (that $300 car bill etc...LOL, downsize the house). I'm thinking they wouldn't pay up either if needing to change their life to do it. These people are NOT pirating in protest, they're doing it because they're dirt poor. Which you seem to not understand.

I'm thinking if all these people had no entertainment, and we could actually KILL piracy 100% in some way, there would be a crapload more crime...ROFL. They would all have nothing to do then. Pirate on people, so you don't decide to come pirate (rob) stuff from my house. Watch that pirated movie, instead of wandering the streets causing trouble kiddies...LOL.

Content is priced such that most can't afford it. They deserve what people are forced to do. I'd say piracy is their own fault. Most people would be honest if they could afford it (I did say most).

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