The US movie industry claims online piracy is costing it billions of dollars in lost revenues. However, data released by TorrentFreak shows “BitTorrent piracy is rampant in Hollywood” where studios employees are busy pirating films.
“Hollywood isn’t without ‘sin’ when it comes to piracy. The MPAA and others lobby very hard for anti-piracy measures, but can’t even stop piracy in the offices of their own member studios,” Torrentfreak.com reported.
The website dedicated to reporting the latest news and trends on the BitTorrent protocol and file sharing claims “BitTorrent piracy is rampant in Hollywood.”
Torrentfreak published some of the files that Hollywood studios were sharing; starting with Paramount Pictures who’s static IP-addresses were associated with the downloading of a wide variety of content. The indie production “Battle Force” was one of the movies shared, as well as the Lionsgate film “The Hunger Games”. However, the list also included “Happy Feet”, a movie distributed by competitor Warner Bros.
According to TorrentFreak, film insiders at Warner Bros. were also frequent BitTorrent users, with “a particular interest in adult entertainment” and “The Expendables 2” among the titles that were allegedly downloaded via Warner Bros. IP-addresses.
The website said Sony Picture employees, among others, were sharing games, TV-shows and movies at work, such as 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, and an episode of Top Chef.
“The above is no surprise of course,” TorrentFreak wrapped up, saying that last year the now defunct website YouHaveDownloaded had already revealed that BitTorrent was used at “virtually every company”.