Movie Studios Caught Pirating Movies

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The same copyright barons pushing SOPA, the awful internet, are enormous hypocrites, TorrentFreak reports. They want the law as a means of stopping online piracy—but maybe they should start with their own employees.


A Russian BitTorrent tracking firm traced pirated movies and television show downloads back to IP addresses from Sony, Fox, and NBC—as TF points out, "these are the same companies who want to disconnect people from the Internet after they've been caught sharing copyrighted material."

This shouldn't surprise anyone. When studios push fascist copyright law, they're speaking on behalf of their shareholders, not the thousands of people they employ. Those people are ordinary people, who, yes, sometimes pirate albums, movies, shows, and games, like millions of other ordinary people around the world. But the hypocrisy is more than superficial. We shouldn't ever let companies that can't control their own miscreant employees shape federal legislation for all of us. [TorrentFreak via BB]


In a previous life, I worked for a severely famous artist, who you know. Trust me. I was put in charge of logging onto sharing sites like Kazaa (told you it was a long time ago) and seeding, and reseeding corrupt versions of the unreleased album in a bid to frustrate pirates and hopefully increase sales. It worked. I'm sure that if you checked, the record company was a very significant portion of the piracy traffic in the couple of weeks I was tasked with that.