HEY, EVERYONE — STOP ILLEGALLY DOWNLOADING MOVIES. YOU’RE SCREWING US ALL

To everyone out there who keeps poaching movies illegally online, we just gotta’ say: Stop stealing stuff that ain’t yours! Studios are losing millions upon millions of dollars from illegal downloads, and the criminals (yup) don’t seem give a rat’s behind. Yes, probably all of us–at one time or another–has “trespassed” in this area, but it’s time to call it what it is: STEALING. And on top of that, it threatens to derail (or eliminate) a lot of the filmed entertainment we all love. Hundreds of internet trolls will yell at us and say that we just need to “enter the internet age.” It’s completely surprising how many people don’t think this is wrong….Heck, they’re staunchly PRO PIRATING. Blows me away. Get a job. Buy a ticket. Or get the Blu-ray. Pirating is a serious threat to movies. Don’t believe us? Here’s what we found out:Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 5.25.02 PM

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TOP 10 MOST PIRATED MOVIES OF THE WEEK ENDING MAY 9, 2016
From TORRENTFREAK.com
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. How To Be Single tops the chart this week, followed by Zoolander 2 and Deadpool. 

TOP 10 MOST PIRATED MOVIES OF THE WEEK ENDING MAY 2, 2016
From TORRENTFREAK.com
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. Deadpool tops the chart this week, followed by Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 5.27.36 PM

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR “FULL MOVIE” SEARCH TOPS GOOGLE TRENDS
From EARN THE NECKLACE
“Filmmakers at Marvel are concerned about the search term “Watch Captain America: Civil War full movie” rising on Google Trends. Piracy of the new Captain America movie is on the rise as there tons of users searching ways to download Captain America: Civil War as soon as possible. Theaters across the world are always on the lookout whenever such blockbusters get released. After being termed as the “finest” Marvel movie so far, the Captain America: Civil War movie is right on the edge of getting pirated and being leaked online. This “piracy alert” has gone off, and the distributors at Disney are doing their best to prevent losses.”

A HIGH-QUALITY COPY OF CIVIL WAR LEAKED ONLINE IN CHINA
CHINA FILM INSIDER
“A high-quality pirated copy of Captain America: Civil War was also leaked online yesterday which could put a significant dent in China’s final tally. Further complicating matters for Disney is that the rip seems to have originated from China. Disney has successfully negotiated four day-and-date releases in the market this year supposedly to help combat lost revenue from piracy.”Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 5.30.06 PM

TOP 10 PIRATED MOVIES OF 2015 SEE ALARMING INCREASE IN DOWNLOADS
Variety
“Some of the biggest blockbusters at the box office this year proved just as popular among torrent users: “Furious 7,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Jurassic World” were the top three worldwide, according to piracy tracking firm Excipio, which monitored activity from the beginning of the year through Dec. 25.”

FULL LIST
#1) 46,762,310 
Interstellar (2014)
#2) 44,794,877 Furious 7 (2015)
#3) 41,594,159 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
#4) 36,881,763 Jurassic World (2015)
#5) 36,443,244 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
#6) 33,953,737 American Sniper (2014)
#7) 32,126,827 Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
#8) 31,574,872 The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armys (2014)
#9) 31,001,480 Terminator: Genisys (2015)
#10) 30,922,987 The Secret Service (2014)Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 5.32.35 PM

HOW MUCH DOES PIRACY COST THE STUDIOS?
FORBES
“Magnitude of the losses: Rigorous academic studies estimate conservative losses in box office revenues and digital sales at about 10%, so more realistic estimates should be higher. A 2014 peer-reviewed study at Carnegie Mellon found that piracy prior to release leads to 19% additional box office losses relative to post-release piracy.”

OUR TAKE
Yeah, movies are expensive. Yeah, our favorites that make the Comic-Con rounds usually pull in millions for the studios. But c’mon, folks, let’s face it: We can argue and debate all we want about Marvel v DC or Star Wars v Star Trek, but once the pipeline of films slows down to a fraction of the bounty we have today, then we’re all screwed.


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  3. I see your point Slade, and I think that as a whole, the industry is moving closer and closer to same day-and-date video-on-demand…in other words, the death of movie theaters. Which I hate. As a society we’re getting more and more cloistered and stuck in our houses, glued to computer screens or smart phones. Theater-going is a communal experience that HOPEFULLY will be around a lot longer. Yeah, the ticket prices are definitely getting out of hand. And some people (mainly millennials who don’t have the same attachment to movie theaters — heck, they don’t like to leave their house!) want all their entertainment to be when the want it, where they want it. Maybe theaters are a dying breed, but that doesn’t excuse stealing films (music; books; etc) from the people and creators who made it. Illegal downloads DESTROYED the music industry. Sure, there are still fat cats getting rich, but the industry as a whole cratered to a mere fraction of what it used to be. The advent of iTunes (and Pandora/Spotity) is further challenging the music industry. The film and TV industries are currently going through seismic shifts of their own, and sadly, not all the studios will survive. And for the people who cheer about it and say, “Good — they’re too rich,” I say, screw you. Because we’ll get fewer and fewer GOOD films (we get precious few anyway!!!). Good films are hard to find — let’s not make them even more rare by STEALING them.

  4. the movie industry likes to bleat on about how much movie piracy hurts them, the actors etc but yet for years the answer has been staring them in the face and they simply refuse to look at it! they need to realise that no everyone wants or can get to the cinema to watch new releases and that means they have to wait months for it to come out on dvd / bluray! people want to see it NOW!

    All movies companies need to band together, create a web site that releases the movie 1 week after it has premiered at the cinema, they can easily charge £10 per viewing, people would pay it!

    but then they bleat on about how they would loose money because £10 for one house could mean 3-4 people watching the film rather than 3-4 people all paying £10 each at the cinema, but what they are not considering is that the amount of households this would reach would make the potential sales HUGE!

    Give the people what they want and they will be less inclined to try and work around it!
    in this day and age you would think it was a no brainer! cinemas would still get the first week of sales! they would still offer the experience BUT the audience at home is FAR FAR greater and they want to see it NOW!

    The same goes with tv shows!

    the companies only have themselves to blame for piracy! if they are not willing to supply the demand then someone else will!!
    time they came and lived in the 21st century!!!

    for the record i do NOT advocate piracy in the slightest! i wait for the dvd/bluray release!! but if the movie industry wants to curb it the above is what they need to do! until they do it will keep on happening!

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