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Universal‘s Despicable Me was the most pirated film on torrent websites last week. The film is scheduled to be released on DVD on December 14th, but has premiered on the piracy charts a few weeks ahead of schedule. The popularity of the animated film has pushed Inception, still a week away from its own DVD release, down to the second most pirated film. Inception was the most pirated film last month.
Here’s a list of the top ten pirated films, as gathered by TorrentFreak:
- Despicable Me
- Easy A
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
- The Social Network
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
- Dinner for Schmucks
- Shrek Forever After
On the music front, the big piracy news concerned the leak of two tracks from Dr. Dre‘s long-awaited comeback album, Detox. Copes of the song, “Under Pressure” featuring Jay-Z, and “Kush” featuring Snoop Dogg, circulated on the Internet. The release of the songs has gotten under the skin of Dre, who was forced to push up the release of the “Kush” single despite some unhappiness with his content.
On the flip side, indie darlings Deerhoof has made a sport of leaking in advance of its new record, Deerhoof vs. Evil, coming out on January 25. The band has decided to slowly leak songs from the album and give fans a treasure map on its website that leads to various music websites around the world.
Finally, onto the television universe. Shows like Dexter and Boardwalk Empire, on pay TV outlets like Showtime and HBO, continue to be hot commodities in torrent circles, but there’s a sprinkling of a wide variety of shows that makes it fairly impossible to spot trends.
Here’s a list of the top ten pirated TV shows on The Pirate Bay:
- Gossip Girl
- The Event
- Lie to Me
- The Walking Dead
- Boardwalk Empire
- Lost Girl
- True Blood
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