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December 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Those DVD screeners sent out to voters in the upcoming awards contests are now showing up on pirate websites. According to, which monitors BitTorrent usage, at least four of the current most-pirated films last week were DVD screeners, topping the list with Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. Other DVD screeners included Gravity at No. 3; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at No. 5; and Out of the Furnace at No. 10. All except Furnace made their debut on the pirate websites for the first time last week, suggesting that the uploaders may have been members of the Screen Actors Guild, who received their “for your consideration” discs last week for their upcoming SAG awards presentations. TorrentFreak also noted that despite the strenuous efforts of the Motion Picture Association of America to crack down on piracy, uploads on Pirate Bay, the most active BitTorrent operator, surged 50 percent during the past year. The most pirated film of 2013, it disclosed, was last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.