Report: Some Microsoft Employees Enjoy Illicit File-Sharing

May 29, 2012 -

Whatever side of the issue you are on, it is never a good thing when a company that is seen as a major rights holder rails against piracy and file-sharing and then gets called out for ... piracy and file-sharing. Using the site YouHaveDownloaded.com, TorrentFreak has once again caught the employees of a major corporation engaging in the very thing that it publicly rails against and pays millions of dollars to fight. The company in question is Microsoft, whose employees were found to be downloading everything from porn movies and blockbuster Hollywood films to motivational eBooks.

Examples of items popular with Microsoft employees included the films "The Debt," "Bordertown," and "Blind"; the adult film "Rocco’s Psycho Love"; and eBooks such as "100 Great Painters" and "Cross-Train Your Brain: A Mental Fitness Program for Maximizing Creativity and Achieving Success."

Of course, past investigations using the site's collected data revealed similar chicanery at a number of other organizations and governments including the palace of the French President, the Church of God, the RIAA and the US House of Representatives...

Source: TorrentFreak


Comments

Re: Report: Some Microsoft Employees Enjoy Illicit File-Sharing

No way!  You mean to say that in a company that employs thousands and thousands of people, there are some of them who do not act in accordance with the company's goals 100% of the time?  Stop the presses!

Seriously though, what is this article suggesting?  That a company cannot have a stance on an issue unless every single employee also shares that stance?  That a few employees acting against the company's goals somehow make those goals hypocritical or unworthy?  By that logic, I guess cops should stop busting people for crimes that any cop commits, eh?  If the pirating was traced back to someone who has actually been one of the decision makers or mouthpieces for Microsoft's antipiracy policy, that would be one thing, but as it is, this just seems pretty juvenile.

Re: Report: Some Microsoft Employees Enjoy Illicit File-Sharing

And I bet there are people from Apple that pirate as well. Ubisoft... Activision... EA... Sony... all of them. I bet each company has an anti-illegal drug stance, but I bet each has employees that take drugs, even on work time.

How they handle this is relevant, that it occurs is not.

Re: Report: Some Microsoft Employees Enjoy Illicit File-Sharing

I really don't get that 'youhavedownloaded' site. I've been torrenting for longer than it has existed, and every time i have ever gone there, i get the same message

"Hi. We have no records on you. This means you are using a private torrent tracker or, of course, you may not be a torrent user at all!"

Actually I am a torrent user, and i use a whole bunch of public AND private trackers. My ISP has even been sent warnings (which they happily ignore).

So i guess the site just sucks.

Re: Report: Some Microsoft Employees Enjoy Illicit File-Sharing

You have a static or dynamic IP?

Re: Report: Some Microsoft Employees Enjoy Illicit File-Sharing

Static. Turns out that the entire website is bullshit anyway. All of thier data was collected in only nov and dec of 2011.

EDIT: I just got a reply from youhavedownloaded, they admit thier data is old, and have no plans to get new data.

 
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