Pirating movies has been a growing problem in recent years, costing studios millions of dollars in lost ticket sales. In the past year, the Motion Picture Association of America says that nearly $1 billion worth of pirated movies and TV shows were downloaded.
It goes without saying that online streaming has been a growing trend as well. Netflix has led the charge with Hulu, HBO and others capitalizing on this trend. While these are the appropriate channels, online pirates subvert these services to dodge subscription fees.
“Game of Thrones” was a wildly popular HBO series that was the target of hackers and pirates earlier this year and much of season was leaked online, whether it was plot points or actual episodes. Hackers even tried to press HBO to pay a ransom for the data but ultimately released it anyway.
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:
- War for the Planet of the Apes
- The Dark Tower
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- American Made
- Baby Driver
- Annabelle Creation
- Wonder Woman
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- Transformers: The Last Knight
- Despicable Me 3