The hypocrisy of the staff of the movie and music industry has been exposed after Torrentfreak fingered them as some of the biggest pirates who ever sailed the internet.
The hacks were able to make the discovery thanks to a new website that exposes what people behind an IP-address have downloaded on BitTorrent. The site was designed to show how public their downloading habits are.
It turns out that the same Big Content companies who want to disconnect people from the internet after they’ve been caught sharing copyrighted material have been downloading flicks and music by the shedload.
Staff at Sony Pictures and NBC Universal were fond of downloading movies and television shows. At NBC Universal one employee had downloaded the first season of ‘Game of Thrones,’ some trance music and a DVD of ‘Cowboys and Aliens’.
These are not “monitoring exercises”. For example, staff at Fox Entertainment downloaded Super 8 which is made by a rival studio. This is a bit sad because when Fox notices that one of their own movies has leaked online they quickly contact their chums in the FBI to get the offender jailed.
Dutch blog Geenstijl has also been watching the watchers. It exposed how someone at the local music royalty collecting agency Buma/Stemra downloaded a copy of the TV-show Entourage and videogame Battlefield 3.
Buma/Stemra insisted that their IP-addresses was spoofed.
A very unlikely scenario, but one that will be welcomed by BitTorrent pirates worldwide. In fact, they’d encourage Sony, Universal and Fox to say something similar. After all, if it’s so easy to spoof an IP-address, file-sharers can use this same defence against copyright holders. This will be news to Big Content lawyers who claim that the IP address method of identifying hackers is as infallible as the Pope.