If piracy levels translate to actual ratings, Z Nation is poised to be a surprise hit for Syfy. 300,

If piracy levels translate to actual ratings, Z Nation is poised to be a surprise hit for Syfy. 300,000 unique IP addresses downloaded the premiere within 24 hours of it airing. That puts Z Nation ahead of Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, and a copy of Expendables 3 that leaked weeks early. [Variety] »9/15/14 8:00am9/15/14 8:00am

Don't pirate John Dies at the End or you will spontaneously (and violently) explode

Now this is how you get people not to pirate your movie—politely and with some gory humor. The makers of John Dies at the End beg you to watch their indie horror film legally, or else suffer the bloody curse that befalls the movie's pirates. NSFW for graphic violence and language, but mostly violence. »12/29/12 12:00pm12/29/12 12:00pm

According to BitTorrent and Netflix, people prefer to pirate science fiction

What's the difference between movies that people will pay to rent, and movies that people will risk the wrath of the MPAA to pirate? Apparently, it's all in the genre. Download-obsessed site Torrent Freak researched popular downloads by looking at public BitTorrent trackers. They found that the most popularly-shared… »10/21/11 11:30am10/21/11 11:30am

Books are about to become like mp3s, leaving authors worse off than ever

Over at the Telegraph, Adrian Hon points out the obvious: it's much easier than ever to download masses of e-books for free, and e-books are easier to read than ever, thanks to the iPad and Kindle. Book piracy is only just starting to take off, and publishers may have to respond by slashing e-book prices. [Telegraph] »10/20/10 3:01pm10/20/10 3:01pm

Will Star Trek Pirates Put An End To The Spread Of Untrammeled Broadband?

Five million people downloaded copies of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie since it opened in theaters, and it's not even on DVD yet. Paramount cites that fact in its filing with the FCC's taskforce to create a National Broadband Plan. Easy access to broadband has made movie piracy easier than ever before, and sites like… »11/04/09 9:40am11/04/09 9:40am