Internal video slips out of Redmond

A couple of spoof versions of Office have leaked out of Microsoft.

Wait, no. That's a couple of spoof versions of "The Office," the popular British sit-com.

Titled "The Office Values," two internal Microsoft training videos, written by and starring Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant of "The Office," have found their way onto the Wild Wild Web, ZDNet UK reports.

Microsoft UK reportedly commissioned the videos in 2004 and at the time, refused to acknowledge their existence. The company is now trying to weed out who leaked them.

Speaking to ZDNet UK earlier this week, "a spokeswoman for Gervais explained that the comedian was concerned that the appearance of the videos could make fans think he had reversed his decision to retire the [David] Brent character for good."

She said that Gervais will not file charges against Microsoft.

"The Office Values" videos are available on some blogs and popular video-download sites such as Google Video. It was on YouTube, but now the site says "this video has been removed at the request of copyright owner Microsoft because its content was used without permission."

The videos, which run a total of 37 minutes, have sparked all sorts of weighty debate on the Net, including which is superior: the American version or the British version of "The Office."

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