The movie industry and P2P : the BitTorrent Oscars
March 09th, 2010 - 09:15 am ET by J. G.
The site TorrentFreak has blown a raspberry at the Oscars ceremony by delivering awards to the most downloaded films through BitTorrents in 2009.
Anticipating the eventual results of the Oscars ceremony which saw the Hurt Locker with numerous nominations, the specialised bit torrent site TorrentFreak has created their own Oscars BitTorrent list. In other words, these are awards granted to the most downloaded films via this P2P service in 2009.
Classifying illegally downloaded files is not as simple as it seems, as files may have only been present on P2P networks for a limited time due to different release dates. Some have only been available for a few weeks, while others for more then a year.
And the big winner is... the film District 9 with 12.639 millions votes downloads. Like with the real Oscars, Avatar has been passed over by coming in second place with 11,326 million downloads. Avatar is the film which has earned the most money in the history of cinema. The Hurt Locker may have won the Oscar, but it only came in third place here with 7.93 million downloads.
District 9: 12.639 million downloads
Avatar: 11.326 million
The Hurt Locker: 7.93 million
Up: 5.437 million
Inglorious Basterds: 5.376 million
Precious: 4.922 million
In The Air: 4.855 million
A Serious Man: 3,836 million
The Blind Side: 1.845 million
An Education: 683 000
No representative from the American film industry was present at the ceremony...