12 Years a Slave Sees Surge in Illegal Downloads After Oscar Win

The number of people pirating the movie via BitTorrent tripled a day after it won the Oscar for best motion picture

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Illegal downloads of best motion picture winner surged Monday, just a day after it won the Oscar Sunday night.

TorrentFreak reported Tuesday that the number of users sharing the movie on BitTorrent, a file sharing service, tripled Monday compared to pre-Oscar levels, resulting in more than 100,000 additional illegal downloads.

An uptick in piracy is often the price that Oscar-winners must pay for their success. The Hurt Locker, which won the Oscar for best picture in 2008, also saw a temporary increase in piracy following the Awards, prompting the producers to sue more than 25,000 people who they said downloaded the movie illegally.

As of March 3, 12 Years a Slave had grossed more than $140 million in domestic and international sales, according to Box Office Mojo. That could increase, however. While piracy is no doubt a concern for movie producers, Oscar winners and nominees have also historically seen an increase in box office and digital sales, according to CNET.

[TorrentFreak]

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DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

Call me a sourpuss, call me racist if you think it applies, but I really hate dramas.  Life has enough drama in it, thanks.  I don't need to add more by going to the movies and watching what life as a slave was like (I know what it was like - I took fricking history).

A movie for me must be entertaining, first and foremost.  I don't get off watching people suffer.  It's not entertaining to me.  Others like that kind of thing, I guess.

I haven't watched a single Academy Award winning movie since LOTR: Return of the King.  That was an entertaining movie.  Since then, it's been drama after drama after de-f&^%ing-pressing drama (one "thriller" that was still mostly drama) and all based on "real life" things.  Movies should be about ESCAPING REALITY, not making our reality worse.

So the movie industry has nothing to worry about when it comes to me trying to illegally download this thing (or any other Oscar-winning film since 2003, not that I illegally download films at all).  On the other hand, they're not going to capitalize on their dismal $50 million box office take from me, either.

To the movie industry: Take me to a different reality from the one we live (or lived) in FIRST.  Then we can start talking about how entertaining it is or whether I'd even entertain the idea of getting it, let alone downloading it.

wrathbrow
wrathbrow

@DeweySayenoff  

" I don't get off watching people suffer"

"I haven't watched a single Academy Award winning movie since LOTR: Return of the King."

One of the main themes in the LOTR films was suffering.