BitTorrent downloads linked to Hollywood film studios

There's a lot of pirated movies, TV shows, games and other copyrighted content that's transferred via BitTorrent web sites. Now there's a new web site, YouHaveDownloaded.com, that can not only trace the IP addresses that have been used for BitTorrent file downloading but also what kinds of files those IP addresses have accessed in their history.

Now TorrentFreak.com has decided to use the web site to see who is downloading what on these sites. The results show that IP addresses belonging to major Hollywood studios such as Fox, Sony and Universal have indeed been used to access pirated material from various location.

For example, a check of the IP address belonging to Sony shows that it has downloaded copy of the recent Conan the Barbarian remake. NBC Universal's IP address downloaded a copy of Cowboys and Aliens along with episodes of Game of Thrones and Two Broke Girls.. The Fox IP was used to download a copy of the recent movie Super 8.

While this is certainly interesting information, it's not 100 percent proof that employees at these companies are indeed downloading pirated material. As the article itself says, "An IP address is not a person, IP addresses can be shared among many people, and anyone can be behind a keyboard at any given time."

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"An IP address is not a person, IP addresses can be shared among many people, and anyone can be behind a keyboard at any given time."

Good thing the studios realize this when they sue people.

NAT1V3 said,
"An IP address is not a person, IP addresses can be shared among many people, and anyone can be behind a keyboard at any given time."

Good thing the studios realize this when they sue people.

Yes except WHEN the IP address resolves to YOUR house, they ask the question WHO was using your computer? If you entice people to log into your network (by sharing via WiFi) still makes you responsible. If you live at that address and you are the only one that uses the computer, guess what, must be YOU mr. wizard!

They DO realize how to narrow down who the guilty parties are!

besides which they were referring the movie studio site.. where LOTS of Employees work.. of course you can't "narrow down" but they aren't suing Hollywood are they? They are SUING individuals!

NAT1V3 said,
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Good thing the studios realize this when they sue people.

Ohh they realize it... they just choose to play ignorant to it!

Talk to me when these guys are driving Toyotas instead of Rolls Royces. WAAAAhhhhhhhhhhh....... Maybe if they made movies $1 instead of like FIVE, no one would steal the stuff. Thank god for Netflix. NETFLIX IS FAIR! Anyone who thinks there selection is not enough watches waaaay too much TV anyway.

jimmyfal said,
Talk to me when these guys are driving Toyotas instead of Rolls Royces. WAAAAhhhhhhhhhhh....... Maybe if they made movies $1 instead of like FIVE, no one would steal the stuff. Thank god for Netflix. NETFLIX IS FAIR! Anyone who thinks there selection is not enough watches waaaay too much TV anyway.

just cancelled mine yesterday and it wasn't enough for my taste. too many old and only few new ones.

perochan said,

just cancelled mine yesterday and it wasn't enough for my taste. too many old and only few new ones.

you can blame hollywood for this.. newer movies get too many "views" and Netflix can't afford to pay the studios for a "view" license.. So I agree in part, but there is STILL lots of good stuff on Netflix.. Maybe YOU need to expand your horizons...

rijp said,

you can blame hollywood for this.. newer movies get too many "views" and Netflix can't afford to pay the studios for a "view" license.. So I agree in part, but there is STILL lots of good stuff on Netflix.. Maybe YOU need to expand your horizons...

Exactly! That's the main reason I was lamenting our recent loss of Blockbuster in Canada (basically the only major rental place left). Not for renting new movies, but for that classic oldie that I hadn't seen in a long while and really wanted to see sans commercials and edits. New movies are easy enough to get either through Netflix or our TV providers' on demand service.

There are much wider implications than entrapment. There could potentially be legal ramifications in their lawsuits. How can Web sites and torrent sites be expected to prevent illegal content when the very companies who are fighting it can't prevent their own employees from participating in the pirating themselves.

nubsors said,
There are much wider implications than entrapment. There could potentially be legal ramifications in their lawsuits. How can Web sites and torrent sites be expected to prevent illegal content when the very companies who are fighting it can't prevent their own employees from participating in the pirating themselves.

OR just use whatever excuse they come up with against them. They say others are using their networks, or spoofing their ip... Then we can use that exact same defense against their suits, and we should come out as victorious as them.

nubsors said,
There are much wider implications than entrapment. There could potentially be legal ramifications in their lawsuits. How can Web sites and torrent sites be expected to prevent illegal content when the very companies who are fighting it can't prevent their own employees from participating in the pirating themselves.

umm.. hey dumbass ever heard of testing content? MAYBE they need to verify they have FULL copies of the movie to ENSURE the site is hosting pirated and copy-write material.. good thinking there.

They need to be caught red handed with the goods, umm..hello?!?! This is how they catch people, on this date, they were able to download this movie and it was verified as real.. it makes PERFECT sense for them to do this..

You think they actually take OTHER peoples word for it?

shakey said,

OR just use whatever excuse they come up with against them. They say others are using their networks, or spoofing their ip... Then we can use that exact same defense against their suits, and we should come out as victorious as them.

Yeah.. good luck with that, do me a favor when they sue your ass, let me know so I can be there to laugh at your "defense"..

LOL ROFLMAO LOL ROFLMAO LOL ROFLMAO LOL ROFLMAO .. I am staring early, because you are just LAME!

That site is bs anyway... I've downloaded more torrents than I could even remember and it says I've not downloaded any lol just a troll effect from the movie industry IMO.

sava700 said,
That site is bs anyway... I've downloaded more torrents than I could even remember and it says I've not downloaded any lol just a troll effect from the movie industry IMO.

They are currently tracking only 20% of public torrent traffic and their intention is to make people aware of the danger in non secured bittorrent downloads. Site creator said that they can even get a unique fingerprint of the machine downloading the torrents with the help of DHT and the torrent history they show has time stamps attached to them so it is easier to track down dynamic ips.

I went to look at the website and it had a massive list of stuff on my IP that i would never ever think of downloading. So I think that website is BS.

Stoffel said,
I went to look at the website and it had a massive list of stuff on my IP that i would never ever think of downloading. So I think that website is BS.

Dynamic IP?

Stoffel said,
I went to look at the website and it had a massive list of stuff on my IP that i would never ever think of downloading. So I think that website is BS.

You have a dynamic ip. They are currently not filtering out dynamic ips but they have timestamps for the downloads.

Stoffel said,
I went to look at the website and it had a massive list of stuff on my IP that i would never ever think of downloading. So I think that website is BS.

You have a dynamic ip. They are currently not filtering out dynamic ips but they have timestamps for the downloads.

warwagon said,
That's why I stopped using torrents 4+ Years ago. Usenet or File hosting FTW!

Private trackers are more secure.

But you should stop downloading illegally completely

"An IP address is not a person, IP addresses can be shared among many people, and anyone can be behind a keyboard at any given time."
Yea, but the company owns the IP and the company should be liable for not securing their connection... Content filtering doesn't exist at companys purely to stop employees from slacking off all day, it also exists to prevent situations the company can be liable for.

Duckie37 said,

Yea, but the company owns the IP and the company should be liable for not securing their connection...

To be honest, it might not even be machines that their staff are downloading/seeding from...
You say the company should be liable for not securing their connection, but shouldn't the same apply for the companies who forgo regular security checks on their web servers and basic code audits to ensure they are not exploitable... and that brings us right back to secure IPs and downloading.
See before Torrents, and I assume still even now, warez groups that were not part of the scene would find open servers with FTP sites or even use exploits on the servers to gain access and setup their own FTP/website or even IRC bots to share the warez with fellow pirates.

I'd assume there are still going to be people who'll hack a server and run a torrent seed. Are these studio's falling victim of hackers or once again lack of basic security on their servers?

Leonick said,

Would be a good theory, if Conan had belonged to Sony, Game of Thrones had belong to NBC and so on...

Most likely someone is using their fast connection at work to torrent stuff

Exactly what !!! Trying to find who is downloading movies my hairy @ss...

wait wait. you guys got it all wrong.
The headline will read...

NBC studios/Sony/Universal/etc have been HACKED by HACKERS of BITTORRENT to use their super fast fibre lines to share pirated material amongst themselves with OUR super fast fibre lines!!

Wait - no that would be too ironic. Maybe they want to ensure these torrents are indeed their copyrighted material and log IP's of those who are downloading... Yeah.

It makes no sense, its like the police officer is on the evening news showing they did a huge cocaine bust - then a few hours later you go buy some coke from him... Its interesting this tracker can show these results on a $300/mth machine - but major label companies who go after these users are never counter-sued for also downloading and serving the movie on that day under their identical criteria and breaking the law themselves. theres likely a clause in there that protects them from also partaking in the distribution of copyright works though.

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