Who leaked that 'Suicide Squad' song? Reddit has answers, record label says

"Heathens" by Twenty One Pilots was leaked to Reddit a week or so ahead of its launch date. Atlantic Records is none too happy about that.

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Atlantic Records is on the hunt for whoever leaked a song from the "Suicide Squad" soundtrack, and it's demanding Reddit help to find the culprit, according to TorrentFreak.

Sometime around June 15, the song "Heathens" by Twenty One Pilots was uploaded to dropfile and leaked to the band's subreddit, a forum made by Reddit users to discuss the band.

Atlantic stated in a complaint to a New York court that it gave a digital copy of the song to "an extremely limited number of individuals" before this date, the publication reported. "In each such case, the individual was barred from distributing the recording until the scheduled release date of June 24, 2016," it stated.

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The leak of the Twenty One Pilots song "Heathens" was a glum day for Atlantic Records.

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The user who posted the song goes by the handle of "twentyoneheathens," and the leak was the sole post made on that Reddit account.

"Atlantic is unable to determine the true identity of the Poster absent assistance from Reddit, which Atlantic believes to have relevant information concerning the identity of the Poster, including, but not limited to, the originating IP address from which the posting was made," the company reportedly stated in its complaint.

Reddit and Atlantic Records did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

It would be a big deal, and something of a surprise, if Atlantic is able to identify and punish the rogue user. Despite the growing popularity of services like Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal, music piracy continues to rise. Research firm MUSO estimates there were 2 billion hits to music piracy sites in 2015 alone.