Is Microsoft harboring pirates?

Despite their efforts to make pirates pay, Microsoft might have a little piracy problem of their own. We've covered YouHaveDownloaded, a site that keeps track of what IPs and the people behind them have been downloading, and the unflattering revelations it's uncovered before, but things just got a little more interesting.

YouHaveDownloaded isn't being updated anymore, since the site's founders felt that it had accomplished its goal, but that hasn't stopped the folks over at TorrentFreak from combing the data that's already been collected and outing more corporate pirates. By doing just that, they've discovered what appears to be a ton of Microsoft based IP addresses pirating movies:

Okay, so those are Washington based IPs, but there are plenty of people who happen to be in Washington and also happen to be connected to the internet besides Microsoft, right? Well, yeah, but a quick look at the American Registry for Internet Numbers reveals that Microsoft controls the NetRange 131.107.0.0 – 131.107.255.255, which these addresses fall within. Apparently blocking links to the Pirate Bay in Windows Live Messenger isn't doing much to curb piracy, even within the heart of Microsoft.

Of course, it isn't like Microsoft is actually sanctioning piracy by its workers; the company employs thousands upon thousands of people, and it's hard to expect every one of them to be law abiding citizens, even on the company's own networks. We're also pretty confident that any of the corporate pirates who were unfortunate enough to get caught in the act are no longer with the company. Besides, as TorrentFreak points out, they're not the only ones doing it...

Sources: TorrentFreak | Images via TorrentFreak

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This isn't news. Employees of a company who wants to stop piracy, has employees that pirate stuff. We all know they are hypocrites. I am sure employees at RIAA also do the same if they know how.

Why are some acting surprised...lol

The only thing this makes me think is they are conducting anti piracy activities,
including maybe harvesting statistical data.
That seems far more likely then MS employees pirating dvd rips at work lol
There is no way we arn't in for more bs from anti piracy groups
and MS likes to help everyone including law enforcement such as making custom tools
to help convict cyber criminals etc

The anti peerblock people can jump in now and say this all means nothing lol

Employees should be mindless drones, right?

To be serious, Microsoft does a lot of monitoring of malware, there is a good chance this is a part of that effort. Considering they are tracking Malware distribution and makers, it isn't much of a concern.

YouHaveDownloaded shows stuff that my current IP address downloaded via torrents
way back in November 2011. Which is great ... except for the glaring fact that I have
only had my current IP address since April of this year when I changed my router.

It's yet more proof that the anti-piracy brigade are spouting utter crap when they're
still insistant on using IP addresses as their primary or only form of evidence.

DJGM said,
YouHaveDownloaded shows stuff that my current IP address downloaded via torrents
way back in November 2011. Which is great ... except for the glaring fact that I have
only had my current IP address since April of this year when I changed my router.

It's yet more proof that the anti-piracy brigade are spouting utter crap when they're
still insistant on using IP addresses as their primary or only form of evidence.


All it takes though is to contact the isp and look through the logs of when you leased a certain IP. I'm not sure how long they keep that information but no doubt its over a year.

McKay said,
Apparently I've downloaded nothing, which isn't true. By far..

If you've got a dynamic IP or you some sort of IP blocker, then it won't show up. And this article said, they're no longer updating the side, so if you did it recently. And even then it's kind of hit or miss. But still, it's somewhat accurate, if you do some work and investigate it for accuracy.

Frank2029 said,
I went to that website... It says i downloaded 3 movies which i did not... Im on a dynamic IP so that could be it.

Yeah, they don't take that into account.

Frank2029 said,
I went to that website... It says i downloaded 3 movies which i did not... Im on a dynamic IP so that could be it.

i went to the website but it is saying "Hi. We have no records on you." even when it is not true ;-)

Magallanes said,

i went to the website but it is saying "Hi. We have no records on you." even when it is not true ;-)

Yeah, same for me, they don't have a tenth of the **** I've downloaded lawl..

law abiding citizens

Because suing grandmothers and creating as much social disorder as possible while intentionally not fixing what is an intentionally corrupt system makes everyone else a crook.

_Heracles said,
So is pirating movies at work the new surfing porn at work?
If you read the source article Neowin is quoting you would see they also pirate porn movies at work.

Also it is based on a service that is terribly inaccurate and not all, in fact quite a large number, of people that have MS IPs actually work for Microsoft. Didn't they, like, sold/gave away some IPv4 classes?

_Heracles said,
So is pirating movies at work the new surfing porn at work?

We do it at school all the time Connect external HD, run ĀµTorrent, enjoy downloading at 100/100!