Pirating movies has been a growing problem in recent years, costing studios millions of dollars in lost ticket sales. In the past year alone, the Motion Picture Association of America says that nearly $1 billion worth of pirated movies and TV shows were downloaded.
Online streaming has been a growing trend as well, with services like Netflix, Hulu and others coming to prominence. While these are the appropriate channels, online pirates subvert these services to dodge subscription fees.
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:
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- Baby Driver
- Despicable Me 3
- Transformers: The Last Knight
- Wonder Woman
- Hitman’s Bodyguard
- The Mummy 2017
- Killing Gunther