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Demand spikes for pirated Oscar nominated films

Anuradha Shukla | Feb. 25, 2015
385% increase in piracy worldwide for nominated films, says Irdeto


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The recent Oscar awards has led to an increase in global piracy, according to a newly released report by Irdeto.

Monitoring of illegal downloads of films in the U.S. and over 200 countries from January 1 through February 14, shows a 385% increase in global piracy for nominated films.

Gone Girl and American Sniper were the two most pirated films in the world post-nomination.

These films were pirated from several formats including Blu-ray discs, HDTV, CAM (cameras) and DVDs.

Hollywood screeners including Blu-Ray discs or DVDs accounted for a significant 31% of the total illegal downloads tracked between January 15 and February 14.

Retail loss

Over US $40 million in retail revenue could have been captured for six nominated movies that are currently unavailable for retail purchase on Blu-Ray, DVD, VOD or legal streaming/download sites.

These six movies are American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Wild, Selma, Whiplash and Still Alice.

The top ten countries accounting for the most illegal downloads are Russia, Italy, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, India, Australia, Spain, South Korea and the Netherlands.

Australia, Italy, Greece, Ireland and Portugal are the countries with the highest percentage of piracy per Internet user population.

The combined illegal downloads for California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania accounted for 5.8% of total global downloads.




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