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PopWrapped | Movies

Illegal Downloads Of "12 Years A Slave" Triple After Oscar Win

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Updated 03/5/2014 10:53pm
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Bradleigh-Ann Walker

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@urbanbeautyxo Historical drama 12 Years A Slave took home one of the biggest Oscars after the award show on Sunday night, winning Best Motion Picture. Apparently, people were intrigued enough by this to watch the movie--but not intrigued enough to pay for it. Users shared the movie on file-sharing website BitTorrent on Monday and garnered over 100,000 downloads, tripling the number from before the Oscars. This isn't uncommon. Six years ago The Hurt Locker won the same award and saw a similar spike in illegal views. The producers even decided to sue some of the people they were able to track down. The filmmakers of 12 Years A Slave don't have much to worry about, though. They've lost potential revenue because of illegal downloads, but the movie has already earned more than $140 million domestically and internationally. If history is any indication, those numbers will also increase now that it's become an Oscar-winning film.  

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