This past weekend, a hacker attempted to extort Netflix into paying a ransom fee that would prevent the hacker from releasing the first ten episodes of Orange of the New Black season 5 to torrent sites ahead of the show’s official premiere next month. Netflix did not comply with those demands, and the hacker followed through on the threat. But it appears as if the thief isn’t finished making trouble yet. Here’s what we know about the Netflix hack so far.
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Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 by Angie Han
By now, you probably have a pretty good idea of which films critics loved most in 2016, and an objectively accurate idea of which films did best at the box office in 2016. And it shouldn’t be much longer before we get a sense of how all the awards races are shaping up. So how about the folks who kind of like watching movies, but not enough to actually pay for them? Which films topped the illegal downloading charts in 2016? Find out the most pirated movies of 2016 below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Generally speaking, studios, filmmakers, and stars are happy to see their films land on awards shortlists or critics’ top 10s. But then there are the lists they’d probably rather not be on, like this one of the most pirated movies of 2015.
To be sure, most of these movies did just fine even without the pirates’ box-office dollars. This year’s #2, Furious 7, was a favorite of pirates basically from the moment it opened, and it still managed to set records. (Records which were later broken by Jurassic World and then Star Wars, but never mind that.) Still, it’s gotta be annoying to think of all the money they didn’t make because some people didn’t feel like paying. Especially since a couple of these titles could’ve used that extra boost. Find out what the most pirated movies of 2015 are after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 are shaping up to be the biggest hits of the year at the global box office. But in terms of the year’s most pirated films, they don’t even make the top 20.
Instead, the most popular movies among illegal downloaders in 2014 were some of the best loved films from 2013. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that this is the one popularity contest Frozen didn’t manage to win — it comes in at #2. So what was #1? Get the top 20 most pirated movies of 2014 after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
The original Kick-Ass made Chloë Grace Moretz a household name, but Kick-Ass 2 didn’t fare quite so well with moviegoers. Now Moretz says Kick-Ass 3 isn’t happening at all, and it’s all because of the “fanboys” who wouldn’t pay for the movie. Hit the jump to read her comments on Kick-Ass piracy.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
For illegal downloaders, the biggest film of 2013 wasn’t a 2013 film at all, but a big-budget fantasy epic from late 2012. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the list of the most pirated movies of the past twelve months, beating out the likes of Django Unchained, Fast & Furious 6, and Iron Man 3.
The massively budgeted, insanely popular Hobbit is a far less surprising “winner” than last year’s champion, the found-footage party comedy Project X. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few unusual results among the top 10 — like Gangster Squad, the little-seen, little-talked-about crime drama from January. Hit the jump to check out the list.
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San Diego’s most famous news anchor, Ron Burgundy, is Team Television. He doesn’t care much about the cinema and believes TV is the truest form of entertainment. Which is why, in a brand new public service announcement, he gets a little confused when telling people about piracy. Hookers are mentioned, pirates are mentioned and Burgundy is confused, and displeased. Check out the new video below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s generally accepted as fact that online piracy is bad for the movie business. Each illegal download means, theoretically, one fewer ticket or DVD sold, which means the cast, crew, and everyone else involved is being cheated out of fair pay for their hard work.
Except, according to one recent study, that conventional logic may actually only apply to blockbusters. The authors conclude that for smaller films, piracy is actually beneficial, likely because more pirates watching means more pirates spreading buzz.
Not surprisingly, this finding doesn’t sit well with everyone in the business. The Motion Picture Association of America has now responded with a dismissal, insisting that the study’s results “aren’t entirely clear” and are based on “total speculation.” Hit the jump to read both sides of the argument.
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Who doesn’t love the FBI Warning in front of your movies? There’s nothing quite like renting or buying a movie legally, sitting down with your family, and then having an intimidating warning pop on screen to scare you from any kind of unlicensed reproduction. And if that wasn’t bad enough, starting this week, DVDs will be getting an updated FBI Warning as well as a second Anti-Piracy warning before all movies. See both screens and more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
One of the big questions in the battle over piracy is exactly how much damage is actually being done. The MPAA and the RIAA, naturally, claim to be losing staggering amounts of revenue thanks to piracy. As this new TED Talk from Listen.com/Rhapsody founder Rob Reid shows, however, there could be a big difference between actual, cold-hard-facts math and what he calls their “©opyright Math™.” For example, did you know that your iPod Classic is capable of holding $8 billion in stolen goods, as estimated by the RIAA? Hit the video for his hilarious 5-minute lecture, in which he demonstrates just how off-base some of these numbers could be.
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