After becoming one of the top grossing movies of all time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now gearing up for its official release. But the movie has already made its debut, this time in the piracy space. An official copy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just leaked online ahead of the movie’s official retail release on April.
If we considered the hype and buzz around the Star Wars movie in recent months it’s no big surprise that hundreds of thousands or even millions of fans have already downloaded the blockbuster movie.
Many people are waiting for the official release of the Blu-Ray and DVD copies. However, it appears that pirates are off to an early start, and the movie went live in advance of its official release.
The Star Wars movie is scheduled to be released in two weeks time via downloads, but an early copy has just leaked on various pirate sites, and it’s now hitting the torrents very hard.
The first copy hits online yesterday and within 12 hours an estimated 250,000 people had already downloaded a copy of the movie. This figure is expected to increase in the coming days.
Currently, there about dozens of copies posted on torrents, hosting and streaming, including Kickass Torrents where it leads the packs of most shared movie files.
Disney and LucasFilm have already issued tens of thousands of copyright infringement advisories since the Star Wars: The Force Awaken was released in theaters on Dec. 18 last year. The companies have tried to limit the movie exposure and already sent out thousands of take down requests to Google. Despite DRM (Digital Right Management)and take down notices, the pirated Star Wars movie is still available on a majority of the popular torrent sites today.
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