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Old 12-22-2010, 08:28 PM
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That's too bad. I can't stand when people do this kinda stuff.

The Most Pirated Film of 2010 Is... - MOVIE TALK on Yahoo! Movies

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Drumroll please....Avatar is the most pirated film of the year.

The Oscar-winning mega-blockbuster was downloaded from torrent websites an amazing 16,580,000 times, according to TorrentFreak. That represents a 33% increase in download activity from last year's top-pirated film, Star Trek, which was downloaded just under 11 million times.

GALLERY: The top grossing films of all time.

20th Century Fox, which distributed the sci-fi epic, isn't exactly crying. The film grossed nearly $2.8 billion at the worldwide box office to become the highest-grossing movie ever. Director James Cameron has frequently touted 3D filmmaking as the industry's best hope for combating piracy, but 3D glasses didn't hold back pirates from shattering all recorded piracy records. The financial performance of Avatar's home entertainment revenue isn't known yet, but the initial DVD release broke sales records.

It also shows the other most pirated films of the year, but I only posted the part about Avatar.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:36 PM
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Very interesting, although I can't say it came as much of a surprise. I know quite a few people who pirated it themselves, only to actually go and watch it in the cinema at a later date. (Which is always a good thing. )
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:37 PM
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Not going to get much of an outraged reaction on here. Self righteous pirates abound.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:55 PM
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Well, of course it's the most pirated movie of the year, since it's the most known movie of the year. People hear of a movie, people pirate it - nothing strange.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:07 PM
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Yet I didn't pirate it!
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:13 PM
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I actually did 'acquire' it...

But then again, I did see it 7 times in the cinemas, and bought the collector's AND limited editions, so it's justified.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:58 PM
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Highest-grossing

Highest attendance rate (worldwide)

Highest DVD/Blu-Ray sales

Highest-pirated


Seems like nothing can stop Avatar.
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:11 PM
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I downloaded it in February. I needed it at home and the first DVD release wasn't coming quick enough.

I wonder how many of those downloads are of the "Avatar haters"...
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:16 PM
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Sorry for posting twice but I was reading this article about piracy and there are picture references to Avatar so...

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MessageToEagle.com - Is it really possible to catch movie pirates through video DNA? The answer is - yes!

A Tel Aviv University researcher has developed a method that turns film sequences into genetic code in order to catch video pirates.

You know when you're watching a pirated film downloaded from the Internet ― there's no mistaking the fuzzy footage, or the guy in the front row getting up for popcorn. Despite the poor quality, pirated video is a serious problem around the world. Criminal copyright infringement occurs on a massive scale over the Internet, costing the film industry ― and the U.S. economy ― billions of dollars annually.

Now Dr. Alex Bronstein of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Electrical Engineering has a new way to stop video pirates. With his twin brother Michael and Israeli researcher Prof. Ron Kimmel, he has developed the ultimate solution: treating video footage like DNA.

Sequencing the video genome

"It's not only members of the animal and plant kingdom that can have DNA," says Dr. Bronstein, who was inspired by DNA sequencing tools used in bioinformatics laboratories. !If a DNA test can identify and catch criminals, we thought that a similar code might be applicable to video. If the code were copied and changed, we’d catch it."

Of course, video does not have a real genetic code like members of the animal kingdom, so Dr. Bronstein and his team created a DNA analogue, like a unique fingerprint, that can be applied to video files. The result is a unique DNA fingerprint for each individual movie anywhere on the planet.

When scenes are altered, colors changed, or film is bootlegged on a camera at the movie theatre, the film can be tracked and traced on the Internet, explains Dr. Bronstein. And, like the films, video thieves can be tracked and caught.

The technology employs an invisible sequence and series of grids applied over the film, turning the footage into a series of numbers. The tool can then scan the content of Web sites where pirated films are believed to be offered, pinpointing subsequent mutations of the original.

The technique is called "video DNA matching."

Reading Avatar's DNA


It detects aberrations in pirated video in the same way that biologists detect mutations in the genetic code to determine, for example, an individual’s family connections.

The technique works by identifying features of the film that remain basically unchanged by typical color and resolution manipulations, and geometric transformations. It’s effective even with border changes, commercials added or scenes edited out.

Finding a common onscreen ancestry


The researchers have set their sights on popular video-sharing web sites like YouTube. YouTube, they say, automates the detection of copyright infringement to some degree, but their technique doesn’t work when the video has been altered.
The problem with catching bootlegged and pirated video is that it requires thousands of man-hours to watch the content being downloaded. Production companies know their only hope in recouping stolen content is by automating the process. "Video DNA" can provide a more accurate and useful form of this automation.
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Does not wonder me much too, and even if Avatar was pirated much... Its success was amazing
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The other point is how lots of people lost it from cinemas earlier than they should... withdrawal is not a nice thing.
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:43 PM
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So what? People like it. They might not have the money to see it. I have no problem with that.
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:54 PM
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Torrents are for suckers, though. They take too long, and you can't check 'em out before starting the download. Plus, they go right to your shared file, where all the agencies can find you.
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^ Better than trying to navigate the porn-speckled (and now defunct) Limewire...

I downloaded the leaked screener's copy back when that came out, but I also have two editions on DVD and 10 ticket stubs. The official DVD hadn't come out yet, and it was out of the theaters by my house, I think I earned it given the circumstances.
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Be careful what you admit openly here... I'm keeping quiet, even though practically anyone here who knows me knows what I've done. But I do agree you've sort of paid the price (so to speak) on Avatar in your own way, with all those ticket stubs and DVDs. I personally have 13 ticket stubs, 9 from Imax. No DVDs or Blu-ray, though. Still waiting it out to get my copy for Christmas.


...But LimeWire still works fine. The lawsuit rid them of their most updated version. If you download an old version of LimeWire (which my sister still has), you can still torrent using their program.

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