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PIRATES NOT A HIT WITH PIRATES

May 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides may be tearing up the box-office charts domestically and overseas, but a pirated copy available via BitTorrent is a veritable flop. The copy was uploaded the day after the movie debuted in theaters overseas. Last week it was No. 4 on TorrentFreak’s list of most downloaded movies on BitTorrent. Although it was available online for the entire week this past week, it actually moved down two places to No. 6. The reason may be that downloaders are becoming more sophisticated in selecting bootlegged offerings on line. The pirated Pirates is available only as a relatively poor quality “Telesync” — that is, one that is taken by a camcorder perched in a projection booth with the sound patched into the camera directly from the projection equipment. BitTorrent users may be waiting for an HD copy to wind up online. That appears to be the case with the No. 1 film on BitTorrent, Unknown, starring Liam Neeson. Warner Bros. Home Video is due to release the movie on DVD and Blu-ray on June 21.