Movie Studio Employees Caught Pirating Adult Films and More
December 26, 2012 5:23 PM
From adult films to movies to games, Hollywood employees appear to love to pirate content
BitTorrent monitoring company
and content rights outlet
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 (
) Paramount Studios, Time Warner Inc.'s (
) Warner Bros., Sony Corp.'s (
) Sony Pictures, News Corp.'s (
) Twentieth Century Fox, and The Walt Disney Comp. (
) 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.
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,
PIRACY. IT’S A CRIME
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
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 (
) 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."
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