Oops, someone may be in some pretty scalding water at publisher Ubisoft right about now--or they will be, if the following claims turn out to be true.
Those claims strongly suggest the company pirated one of its own game soundtracks in the process of pulling together special music tracks dispatched to users who pre-ordered the upcoming digital deluxe edition of stealth game Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
Posting to reddit, a user noted the soundtrack files had been uploaded for pre-order customers to download early, but noticed "something strange about the soundtrack" after probing the track tag info.
Namely that the user listed as encoding nearly all of the tracks is actually a well known Internet pirate.
The picture below tells the tale. Note the user listed in the comment field, "Encoded by arsa13." For those who've never encoded a music file before, the comment field's an optional way for someone to identify the person responsible for encoding the music files from a given format (disc or digital).
Now do a simple search on that name, and you'll come up with a bunch of links to torrent sites--sites that also link to other files (and soundtracks) pirated by the same user.
Ubisoft isn't saying much at this point, only that it's "investigating" (per Eurogamer).
The real question is, why the heck would Ubisoft not spend the 20 to 30 minutes it takes to properly rip a CD or encode existing music files? Ran out of copies of the soundtrack? Accidentally wiped their master copies? Couldn't figure out how to get Exact Audio Copy or Media Monkey working properly? Wanted to show off their Internet connection torrent download speeds?