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To fight the Piracy Oscar

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The producers of video content are embarrassed by new piracy achievements. The new record of “The Game of Thrones”, was downloaded 3.22 million times within a 24 hour, impressed readers . Last year theproducers of blockbuster lost 1,482m according to Quelle: Tru Optic Data Corp. information. There are even “Piracy Oscars” awarded to the movies most downloaded from pirate websites. Here they are (through 2014):

1. “The Wolf of Wall Street”: 30.035 million (Paramount, Dec. 25, 2013)
2. “Frozen”: 29.919 million (Disney, Nov. 27, 2013)
3. “RoboCop”: 29.879 million (MGM, Feb. 12, 2014; and Orion, July 17, 1987)
4. “Gravity”: 29.357 million (Warner Bros., Oct. 4, 2013)
5. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”: 27.627 million (Warner Bros., Dec. 13, 2013)
6. “Thor: The Dark World”: 25.749 million (Disney/Marvel, Nov. 8, 2013)
7. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”: 25.628 million (Disney/Marvel, April 4, 2014)
8. “The Legend of Hercules”: 25.137 million (Summit, Jan. 10, 2014)
9. “X-Men: Days of Future Past”: 24.380 million (20th Century Fox, May 23, 2014)
10. “12 Years a Slave”: 23.653 million (Fox Searchlight, Oct. 18, 2013)
11. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”: 23.543 million (Lionsgate, Nov. 22, 2013)
12. “American Hustle”: 23.143 million (Sony/Columbia, Dec. 13, 2013)
13. “300: Rise of an Empire”: 23.096 million (Warner Bros., March 7, 2014)
14. “Transformers: Age of Extinction”: 21.65 million (Paramount, June 27, 2014)
15. “Godzilla”: 20.956 million (Warner Bros., May 16, 2014)
16. “Noah”: 20.334 million (Paramount, March 28, 2014)
17. “Divergent”: 20.312 million (Lionsgate, March 21, 2014)
18. “Edge of Tomorrow”: 20.299 million (Warner Bros., June 6, 2014)
19. “Captain Phillips”: 19.817 million (Sony/Columbia, Oct. 11, 2013)
20. “Lone Survivor”: 19.130 million (Universal, Dec. 25, 2013)

Combines data for both 1987 and 2014 versions.
Source: Excipio

However, shutting down websites doesn’t work. According to research from Carnegie Mellon University and Wellesley College: “blocking The Pirate Bay had little impact on consumption through legal channels — instead, consumers seemed to turn to other piracy sites, Pirate Bay ‘mirror’ sites, or Virtual Private Networks that allowed them to circumvent the block.” Ecumenical News informs. The torrent sites spread high quality content through peer-to-peer sharing. There is also a kind of ranking among them, for example, the Top-10 websites according to IBTimes:

Thepiratebay

YTS

Torrentz

Limetorrents

Kickass Torrents

ISOHUNT

uTorrent

Hongfire

Mininova

Toorgle

The growth of pirates’ activity demands new solutions and special attentiveness from security systems producers.

MediaSat asked Friend MTS’s President Jonathan Friend about the best way of fighting piracy and the experience of his company in this field.
– When addressing the fundamentals of piracy a technical approach is
needed. We employ both cutting-edge technology, together with an
operations team staffed by native speakers of more than a dozen
languages, to fight the ever-increasing sophistication. Working with
infrastructure providers (major carriers, CDNs, hosting providers) and
law enforcement around the world, we use network forensic technology
to instantly identify the most effective point to target for
enforcement.

Over the past 2 years there has been a major shift in the consumption
of pirate services. Now, more and more services are aimed at
smartphones, tablet, smart TVs and IPTV set-top boxes, rather than
people watching on their laptops. This brings pirate services into
direct competition with legitimate pay-tv offerings. Now more than
ever consumers are demanding HD content, and the same is true on
pirate services, with often significant infrastructure being deployed
by the pirates to make sure this is possible.

Friend MTS’ latest product is ASiD – Advanced Subscriber
iDentification), which made its debut at Cabsat . This is a
watermarking product that works across traditional broadcast and OTT
services, enabling the identification of the exact subscriber(s)
leaking channels onto pirate services within just minutes, completely
automatically. Uniquely, this product can be retrospectively added to
platforms using the existing set-top box estate, and works
independently of any specific chipset or other hardware requirement
and with any CA system. So now it is realistic to add watermarking to
all devices in the field, as well as all OTT players, to enable
dishonest subscribers to be identified, and their services shut down,
and therefore provide complete protection.