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The most pirated movies of 2014

The most pirated movies of 2014

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A list of this year’s most pirated movies has been revealed online, with most of 2014’s blockbuster releases featuring.

Director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, claimed the title of most illegally downloaded film in 2014.

According to piracy-tracking firm Excipio, Disney’s Frozen came a close second, with both movies downloaded approximately 30 million times across torrent sites between 1 January and 23 December.

Robocop was the third-placed film on the list, but its figures did include 1987’s original release alongside this year’s remake, according to The Hollywood Observer. Gravity was close behind with 29.357 million downloads.

The list of most-pirated movies includes a number of Oscar nominated films. Alongside The Wolf of Wall Street, which picked up five nominations including Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and Captain Phillips were some of the other Academy Award nominees to make the list.

The highest-grossing film of 2014, The Guardians of the Galaxy did not make the top-20 most pirated films of the year, however. The Hollywood Reporter speculates that this may have been because “anyone interested in the film opted to see it in theaters”.

Online piracy experienced a particularly high-profile end to 2014, with Swedish police taking down the notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, albeit only temporarily. The site, which has a cloud-based infrastructure, is virtually impossible to take down permanently and has been revived by rival peer-to-peer website Isohunt.

The full list of 2014’s most pirated films can be found here.

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BITTORRENT ZEITGEIST: WHAT PEOPLE SEARCH FOR IN 2014

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Popular torrent sites get millions of visitors every day, but what have all of those people been searching for? Today we present the BitTorrent Zeitgeist 2014, a list of the top 50 most searched for phrases and keywords on one of the most-used public BitTorrent indexes during the past year.

2014During December, all self-respecting search engines produce an overview of the most popular search terms of the past year.

These lists give insight into recent trends, and in 2014 Robin Williams, World Cup and Ebola were the top trending searches on Google.

But what about torrent search engines? With billions of searches every year it’s worth taking a look at the most-entered keywords on the dominant file-sharing network.

A few years ago we started the BitTorrent zeitgeist tradition with help from one of the largest torrent sites around. Based on a sample of hundreds of millions of searches, this list should give a decent overview of what people are looking for.

2014’s number one query is the same as last year’s. YIFY is the name of a popular movie release group that many people follow to see what new pirated titles are available.

The term 2014, often used to find recent movies, comes in second place, followed by 1080p in third. Last year “1080p” was in 42nd place suggesting that people were increasingly looking for high definition video. The sixth and eight place for newcomers YIFY 720p and YIFY 1080p confirm this trend.

In fourth place we find NeZu, another popular movie release group that is listed in the top 50 for the first time this year.

The first content related search query is Guardians of The Galaxy in ninth place. Other popular movie searches are Lucy and Dawn of The Planet of The Apestaking the 23rd and 24th spots respectively.

TV content is also popular with Game of Thrones in 12th and The Walking Dead in 16th place. Perhaps surprisingly, there are no searches related to music titles in the top 50. The only music related term is Discography in 11th place.

Finally, a game release group made it into the top 50 this year. The query Nosteam, referring to the ^^nosTEAM^^ group, is one of the highest newcomers and is listed in 15th place.

Below is the full list of the 50 most-entered search queries on one of the most popular torrent sites on the Internet.

1. yify
2. 2014
3. 1080p
4. nezu
5. hindi
6. yify 720p
7. french
8. yify 1080p
9. guardians of the galaxy
10. 3d
11. discography
12. game of thrones
13. movies
14. tamil
15. nosteam
16. the walking dead
17. ita
18. dvdrip
19. telugu
20. android
21. malayalam
22. hindi 2014
23. lucy
24. dawn of the planet of the apes
25. nl
26. apk
27. ps3
28. lynda
29. 720p
30. 2013
31. need for speed
32. arrow
33. +18
34. batman
35. hercules
36. x art
37. pc games
38. how to train your dragon 2
39. 22 jump street
40. divergent
41. teenage mutant ninja turtles
42. edge of tomorrow
43. The fault in our stars
44. godzilla
45. mac
46. wwe
47. the equalizer
48. walking dead
49. maleficent
50. the flash

Iraq vet death, Pirate Bay, WikiLeaks: 14 most-underreported news stories of 2014

Iraq vet death, Pirate Bay, WikiLeaks: 14 most-underreported news stories of 2014

Published time: December 29, 2014 08:11
Edited time: December 29, 2014 12:49

Reuters / David W Cerny

Reuters / David W Cerny

Seven countries bombed in six years, net neutrality remains up in the air, the death of a TV reporter in Turkey, and the unsolved tragedy of the Odessa massacre: just a few of RT’s top 14 underreported stories to slip through the MSM cracks in 2014.

The death of Thomas Young

Thomas Young, an Iraq war veteran and outspoken critic of the conflict sacrificed everything for his country. Shot in the neck just days into his tour, he was paralyzed from the neck down. Then, on November 10 – a day before Veteran’s Day – he died at the age of 34. Prominent journalist and activist Christopher Hedges said Young had died knowing “what the masters of war had done to him, how he had been used and turned into human refuse.”

 

The Odessa massacre

May 2 was the bloodiest day of civil conflict in Odessa, Ukraine in nearly a century, but nearly eight months on, little progress has been made in catching the culprits of who set the city’s landmark Trade Unions House ablaze, killing 43 pro-Russian activists inside.

 

In September, a parliamentary inquiry member retracted her signature from an allegedly “redacted” Ukrainian government probe, leaving serious doubts that justice for the victims would ever be realized.

Obama bombs 7th country in 6 years

Five years after President Barack Obama nabbed a Nobel Peace Prize, he was also party to a far less prestigious accomplishment; the US Commander in Chief had bombed seven countries in six years. The not-so-lucky number came in September, when the US launched airstrikes against so-called Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.

READ MORE: 5 not-so-peaceful Obama actions since nabbing Nobel Prize

U.S. President Barack Obama.(Reuters / Larry Downing )

U.S. President Barack Obama.(Reuters / Larry Downing )

 

Syria joined Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Pakistan among the states to find themselves facing down US air power during the Nobel laureate’s tenure.

Hammond, Anonymous and the FBI

Jailed hacker Jeremy Hammond is one year into a 10-year sentence for hacking into the Stratford intelligence company’s website. Like any idealist, he did it to “expose the truth.” But the truth behind his imprisonment is anything but a simple matter. According to leaked documents, Hammond was one of many hacktivists who had been provided targets by an FBI informer. Not only were hackers like Hammond reportedly instructed to hack sites like Stratford to check for vulnerabilities, but Anonymous and others had been directed to target no fewer than 30 foreign government websites by the FBI collaborator. Hammond’s stiff sentence was a reaction to the “national security threat” he allegedly posed. But what about those who were pulling the strings in the first place?

What is TTIP again?

Privatization, exploitation, and environmental degradation, critics claim the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a Trojan horse headed for Europe, and few even know what it is. Whether it brings about great economic growth as promised by its proponents or leaves Europe under the thumb of multi-nationals, if you want to know what TTIP is all about, it’s time to READ MORE.

AFP Photo / Wolfgang Kumm

AFP Photo / Wolfgang Kumm

 

READ MORE: France will not sign multibillion transatlantic trade deal with US in 2015

READ MORE: #NoToTTIP: 1,000s to march in UK, across Europe against transatlantic trade deal

READ MORE: ‘TTIP will allow private companies to sue govt. for millions’

Third time’s a charm for Million Mask

By this point who could forget the 5th of November, what with the 3rd annual ‘Million Mask March’protest being the largest to date. The Anonymous-organized protest movement claims to be the world’s largest, with austerity, corruption, mass surveillance and war crimes all being among the participants’ grievances. This year saw events organized in 481 cities across the globe.

 

Sporadic scuffles marked this year’s London event, and an appearance by recent revolution peddler Russell Brand might have raised the movement’s profile ever so slightly. But even with an endorsement from Brand, the global march will likely end up on this list come next year.

The Wiki-Leaks keep on coming, while Assange marks 4 years without freedom

December 7 marked the four-year anniversary WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was first remanded into custody over sex-crime allegations. After spending nearly two-and-a-half years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, his fate seems no less certain. None of that has stopped WikiLeaks, which continues in its quest for transparency, shocking the world with its revelations. US plot to close down a Kurdish TV station to appease Turkey and secure a new NATO chief? Check. The NSA recording and storing all the phone calls in Afghanistan and the Bahamas? Got it. A secretly Trade in Service Agreement covering 68 percent of the world – are you serious? Whether its exposing Google collusion in Afghanistan spying or CIA doubts about backlash from drone strikes and other targetedcounterinsurgency programs, WikiLeaks continues to speak (and leak) truth to power.

READ MORE: Spy Files: WikiLeaks to publish fourth series of leaks – Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Reuters)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Reuters)

 

The future of net neutrality

What could bring together President Barack Obama and a group of porn stars? Net neutrality of course! Although a complicated issue, it boils down to whether or not all internet traffic will be treated equally. Critics of net neutrality such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel are against it, arguing a “fast lane” should be created for “special services.” What’s at stake is the nature of the internet as we know it.

READ MORE: Will you listen now? Naked porn stars explain why net neutrality is important (VIDEO)

 

Pirate Bay walks the plank

In October, Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced to 3.5 years in jail for hacking. November saw the bittorrent site’s third and final co-founder arrested after 4 years on the run. In December, Swedish authorities raided them yet again on alleged copyright violations. The life of a pirate certainly isn’t easy, though those who take to the high seas (or the cloud) have managed to keep themselves a step ahead the authorities, even if all their leaders are behind bars.

Mysterious death of Serena Shim

Serena Shim, a Lebanese-American Press TV reporter who died in a car crash near the Turkish-Syrian border, claims she was being tracked by Turkish security services due to her reporting in the besieged Syrian city of Kobani. One day prior to her death, Turkish intelligence had allegedly accused her of being a “spy.” Family members and Iranian media have speculated about the cause of Shim’s death, while her sister says the US government has offered no support in investigating the matter.

Image from Serena Shim Facebook page

Image from Serena Shim Facebook page

 

Monsanto beats back GMO labeling

Despite mounting public opposition, Monsanto managed to defeat GMO labeling initiatives in both Colorado and Oregon this year after pouring millions of dollars into its campaign to leave its influence on the US food system invisible to consumers. In Oregon, the initiative failed to pass by a mere 812 votes, although in Colorado, 66 percent voted for the right not to know. In December, activists in Oregon filed suit, claiming 4,600 valid ballots had been erroneously rejected.

 

Despite the victories stateside, on the other side of the Atlantic, the EU approved a law that will allow the bloc’s 28 member states to restrict the cultivation of genetically modified crops.

Fracking fears

Banned in its Texas birthplace and drastically expanded across the UK, fracking – the oil and gas extraction method – remains as controversial as ever. In October, some 3 billion gallons of fracking wastewater were dumped into central California drinking-water and farm-irrigation aquifers. One recent study found living near a fracking site deteriorates health. Another said it could be as dangerousas asbestos or tobacco. With so much bad press, even 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clintonexpressed her concerns over the shale gas boom, though she might change her tune once on the campaign trail.

Anti-Austerity protests hit UK

Sometimes, even starting a march on the doorstep of the BBC won’t get you media coverage, even if Russell Brand does show up. The latest People’s Assembly protest descended on Number 10 Downing Street to throw out a collective voice against austerity. But even so close to the heart of power, it remains to be seen if anyone was listening.

READ MORE: ‘No more austerity:’ Thousands rally in London demanding alternative from govt

Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett

Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett

 

’F**k the EU’ and more Ukraine tape leaks

Just weeks before former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted from power, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Victoria Nuland had a lot of ideas for Ukraine’s future leadership and some choice words for European policy makers approach to the conflict. “F**k the EU,” Nuland allegedly said in a hacked phone call with US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Critics claimed the conversation proved the US was manipulating the pro-EU opposition to help in its efforts to see Yanukovich driven from power.

 

Some Ukrainian leaders pulled no punches in their phone conversations too. In a leaked Yulia Tymoshenko tape, Ukraine’s former PM called for “grabbing guns and killing damn Russians.” Other private conversations made public allegedly resulted in dozen of deaths. Ukrainian prosecutors havedetained several Berkut riot police officers, saying they may be behind the mass killings by unidentified snipers in Kiev on February 20, killing dozens of people in Ukrainian capital. At the same time, in theleaked conversation between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and the EU then foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Paet suggested that the snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders. Estonian Foreign Ministry later confirmed authenticity of the leaked call.

READ MORE: Five Ukraine war tragedies: Questions unanswered, investigation drawn out