'Wolverine' drops off list of most-pirated movies

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'Wolverine' drops off list of most-pirated movies

Tue Apr 21, 2009 @ 02:27PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

No huge surprises on this week's list of the ten most-pirated films on BitTorrent (for week ending April 19).

The top position is held by "The Uninvited," a horror film that was just released on DVD. Recent releases tend to be popular with illegal file-sharers. "Fast and Furious" continues to be a target, while the leaked work print of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" drops out of the top 10 three weeks after its first appearance online.


The data was collected by TorrentFreak, which also reports some more interesting news in the aftermath of the Pirate Bay verdict. Several large and small BitTorrent trackers have closed up shop in "what could be the greatest voluntary tracker collapse ever."

One service left a message to its former users that "We don't have time to do anything to the code, we don't have interest to do it, we don't have any more money and the biggest reason is The Pirate Bay info."

Probably a small dent in the global piracy problem, but many in Hollywood likely will be smiling at the news.

Meanwhile, there's a controversial study now out by the Norwegian School of Management that claims that people who download free music from P2P networks are more likely to spend money on music too — ten times more likely to be exact. Here's the story in the Norwegian newspaper. In the article, the newspaper quotes an EMI official who expresses doubt that one thing causes the other.

MORE: The Way To Stop Film Piracy Isn't To Stop Talking About It. 

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