Movie studios and record labels have always lamented how online piracy is destroying the industry and as we have seen in the past, these media giants have gone to rather extreme measures to punish individuals who have allegedly downloaded copyrighted material illegally. Interestingly it seems that despite their stance on the whole issue of piracy, it would seem as though some Hollywood studios might be guilty of pirating movies themselves. The folks at TorrentFreak are reporting that they are using BitTorrent monitor Scaneye to track down IP addresses they believe are associated with Hollywood studios.
Based on their results, they have found that IP addresses associated with Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and Walt Disney were using BitTorrent in order to access copyrighted material illegally. For example they found that someone over at Paramount was downloading an illegal copy of The Hunger Games, while someone at Disney was caught downloading an episode of Downton Abbey. It’s rather ironic when you think about it – granted these are probably individuals working at these studios who were doing the downloading as opposed to some conspiracy theory, but you would think that these studios would have some sort of security measure in place to prevent the downloading of torrents, right?