ByBrian Salisbury, writer at
Brian Salisbury

Most of us are upstanding citizens who watch movies the legal way...most of us. However, we are not so naive as to think that everyone is similarly upstanding. A list has just been released by TorrentFreak of the most pirated movies of 2013, and one epic fantasy adventure released in theaters in 2012 tops the list.

's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was purportedly pirated a staggering 8.4 million times. The silver medal went to 's Django Unchained followed by Fast & Furious 6.

I find this rather unsurprising when considering that An Unexpected Journey was in many ways the biggest film of 2012, which makes it the most attractive to digital burglars (aka pirates). The fact that the film still managed to gross over $1 billion worldwide has reignited the discussion over whether piracy really affects a film's bottom line, but certain proportions must be taken into account here.

The films pirated enough to be at the top of the list were also the most widely released. Smaller films may not have been pirated as much, but their distribution and subsequent revenues do not allow for as much loss so proportionally piracy still tremendously adversely affects them.

One now wonders if The Desolation of Smaug will top next year's list.

What do you guys think?

Via TheOneRing.Net


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