Pirates Have Jack Bauer and '24' In Their Sights

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Pirates Have Jack Bauer and '24' In Their Sights

Fri May 15, 2009 @ 01:09PM PST

By Eriq Gardner


24 NBC's "Heroes" reclaims the top spot from ABC's "Lost" as the most pirated TV show on peer to peer networks last week, according to Show Insider. Meanwhile, "24" takes its strongest position yet in the rankings, and the show has been trending up in piracy circles throughout its seventh season.

Here's the full list for the week ending May 10:

1. "Heroes"
2. "Lost"
3. "24"
4. "House, M.D."
5. "Prison Break"
6. "Desperate Housewives"
7. "How I Met Your Mother"
8. "Grey's Anatomy"
9. "Gossip Girl"
10. "Fringe"

In other piracy news, operators of the Pirate Bay website are reportedly targeting the law firm that has been representing the music industry in its battles. 

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm has asked Pirate Bay's users to individually send cash payments of a few Swedish Kronars (equivalent to a few pennies) to the firm of Danowsky & Partners to make good on the $2.38 million judgement for violating the country's copyright laws. 

Svartholm calls his campaign a DDO$ attack, or a Distributed Denial of $$ attack, meant to flood the firm in a transactional nightmare. If Pirate Bay's users won't pony up cash for legitimate music, will they go through the expense and effort of paying the legal tab?

EARLIER: Most Pirated Shows for the week ending May 3

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