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"Star Trek" the most-pirated film of 2009

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"Star Trek" the most-pirated film of 2009

 

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Paramount's worst fears are confirmed: "Star Trek" was the most pirated film of 2009, according to a new report.

 

In October, the studio told the Federal Communications Commission that "Star Trek" had become a hot commodity in piracy circles. Illegal file-sharing had advanced from "geek to sleek," Frederick Huntsberry, the studio's chief operating officer, told officials.

 

Now, according to data from TorrentFreak, "Star Trek" was downloaded nearly 11 million times this past year, just edging "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (10.6 million). The films were among the biggest of the year at the box office.

 

At the other end of the box-office scale, "Sherlock Holmes" director Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla" ranked No. 3. It grossed less than $26 million worldwide.

 

Interestingly, for all the fuss about the "Wolverine" leak, the film came in at No. 9 with 7.2 million. The FBI earlier this month charged a man with violation of federal copyright law, alleging he uploaded the film to the Web last spring.

 

The list was rounded out by "The Hangover" (No. 4), "Twilight" (No. 5), "District 9" (No. 6), "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (No. 7), "State of Play" (No. 8), and "Knowing" (No. 10).

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A very nice, if dubious, award to receive...lol

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Oh well. At least it helps demonstrate the appeal of the film. Remember gang, the People's Choice Awards are comin' up in a few days...and it looks like Trek's representin'!!!YAY!!!

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Hollywood, like the RIAA need to find a way to make this file sharing technology work for them rather than trying to squeeze the toothpaste back into the tube. They will fail, technology will advance and they'll have to play catch up.

 

A few people may get prosecuted along the way but they'll never stop it from happening.

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How would that be different than things like music files? Or things like Microsoft Office in pre-download days and people passed around the CD-ROM without buying the software?

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