SOPA Opera

Pot Calling the Kettle Pirate: Sony, Universal, and Fox Busted for BitTorrents

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Ouhhhhhh, burn. People in SOPA-supporting Hollywood giants should stop throwing stones. Using a new site called You Have Downloaded, a Russian-based service that says it tracks about 20 percent of all public BitTorrent downloads, the fine folks at TorrentFreak took a look at IP addresses at entertainment conglomerates likes Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fox Entertainment and NBC Universal to see “whether these companies hold themselves to the same standards they demand of others.”

As you might expect, that’s a giant negative.

Using the IP ranges of those studios, TorrentFreak found evidence of music, movies, and TV shows downloaded via BitTorrent—and that’s just the visible 20 percent.

And then there are the fine upstanding people at Fox Entertainment checking out the work of a competing studio. Perhaps downloading ‘Super 8′ can be branded as “market research,” but in this instance actually paying for the DVD might be more appropriate.

After all, when Fox notices that one of their own movies has leaked online they quickly contact the FBI to get the offender jailed. Ouch.

Yesterday, a Dutch blog called Geenstijl performed a similar stunt on Buma/Stemra, a local music royalty collecting agency that downloaded the video game Battlefied 3 and episodes of “Entourage.” Buma/Stemra quickly claimed their IP addresses were spoofed. TorrentFreak calls bullshit, but welcomes the scam, writing, “After all, if it’s so easy to spoof an IP-address, then accused file-sharers can use this same defense against copyright holders.”

Betabeat is more concerned with why anyone would risk making their employer look like a big fat internet-destroying hypocrite (which, they are) for the 2011 version of “Conan the Barbarian.” It was in 3D, for chrissakes!

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