Pirating movies is wrong. You can justify it any way you want—movies are too expensive; distribution models are outdated; they didn’t release it in your area—whatever your reason, you’re stealing revenue from people who worked hard on a film, and you’re also devaluing their work because you wanted something and didn’t want to pay for it. This year’s most-pirated film may have even created a new excuse: it was in the spirit of the plot.
According to Yahoo!, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street was the most-pirated film of 2014. The movie was downloaded illegally “30.035 million times between Jan. 1 and Dec. 23, 2014.” While I’m sure we can all appreciate the irony of people stealing a movie that’s about an unrepentant crook, that’s over 30 million crummy people. Interestingly, as Yahoo! points out, two of 2014’s biggest films—Guardians of the Galaxy and The LEGO Movie—didn’t crack the Top 20, so I guess that’s something. Hit the jump for the Top 10 most-pirated films of 2014.
Here are the Top 10 most pirated films of 2014 [via Yahoo!]
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- Thor: The Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- The Legend of Hercules
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire