Online streaming has become one of the biggest growing trends over the past few years, with the advent of Netflix, Hulu and others. However, there are other channels that look to subvert this pay-to-stream system and even diminish ticket sales for major box office studios. Disney was even threatened earlier this year with the release of its newest Pirates of the Caribbean film online — the irony might not be lost on some.
Pirating online content has been a problem in recent years, costing studios millions of dollars in lost ticket sales or media providers streaming revenue. In just 2016, the Motion Picture Association of America said that nearly $1 billion worth of pirated movies and TV shows were downloaded.
One of the more popular mediums for downloading and watching content is BitTorrent, which operates as a peer-to-peer file-sharing service. It is capable of distributing a massive amount of data over the internet.
Although it is widely known that many files are shared and downloaded illegally over this service, it still manages to operate. Authorities use the site as well to track some users who don’t hide their IP addresses via a proxy and nab them for illegally distributing or downloading this content.
24/7 Wall St. has taken a look at some of the more popular movies that were pirated this past week. These are the top 10 most pirated movies of the past week on BitTorrent:
- Kong: Skull Island
- Wonder Woman
- King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
- The Fate of the Furious
- The Mummy (2017)
- The Boss Baby
- Alien Covenant
- John Wick: Chapter 2
- The Lost City of Z