Almost immediately after Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban hit movie theaters in November 2003, Web surfers worldwide began downloading illegal — and free — copies of the Warner Bros. film through BitTorrent and other Internet file-sharing services.
It’s the same software. And it’s being used by Web surfers everywhere for the same thing: Downloads. But instead of Warner Bros. losing money on illegal downloads with BitTorrent technology — which employs users’ computers to distribute content — it will get paid for each copy of Goblet of Fire. In the process, the file-sharing company will get paid a fee for helping enable the delivery.
Movie and TV show producers are experimenting with using file-sharing services to distribute content legally to personal computer users.
Service / Program / Copyright owner
- Peer Impact / Cinderella Man / Universal Studios
- Peer Impact / Babylon 5 / Warner Bros.
- Peer Impact / The Dukes of Hazzard / Warner Bros.
- Peer Impact / The Loop / 20th Century-Fox
- Peer Impact / Firefly / 20th Century-Fox
- BitTorrent / Natural Born Killers / Warner Bros.
- BitTorrent / The Matrix / Warner Bros.
- BitTorrent / Harry Potter series / Warner Bros.