Online streaming has become one of the more popular trends of late, brought about with the advent of Netflix, Hulu and HBO streaming services, just to name a few. However, this trend also has brought an increased wave of online piracy as well.
Pirating online content has been a problem in recent years, costing studios millions of dollars in lost ticket sales and media providers streaming revenue. In 2016, the Motion Picture Association of America said that nearly $1 billion worth of pirated movies and TV shows were downloaded.
The incredibly popular HBO series “Game of Thrones” was the most recent victim of hackers, with the script for its entire seventh season released. Going forward, HBO is planning to shoot different episodes with multiple endings, plot developments and more as a contingency plan if there should be any more hacks.
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:
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Baby Driver
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- Despicable Me 3
- Transformers: The Last Knight
- Cult of Chucky
- Wonder Woman
- The Hitman’s Bodyguard
- War for the Planet of the Apes