The newly released films have been illegally downloaded in large numbers since blocking measures have been imposed in the UK.
According to Fact, the UK’s intellectual property protection organization, global connections to illegal streaming sites doubled between February and April.
And for some recently released films, it had tripled.
Kieron Sharp, Fact’s CEO, said it wasn’t a surprise.
“It is essential to remember that the only legal way to watch movies is through official suppliers.
“Every pirated link we detect denies the holder of the revenue rights to which he is entitled and also threatens to invest in future content.”
Fatto did not name the films that had seen particular spikes in the streaming, but he encouraged people to report illegal sources who stumble upon Crimestoppers.
- Because I’m downloading pirated movies in bulk
Its results are reflected in other studies.
Piracy monitoring firm Muso found that traffic to illegal streaming and download sites increased nearly 60% in March. It has detected over 300 million visits to piracy sites in the United Kingdom and over one billion in the United States.
Oscar-winning film Parasite saw demand rise 240% on illegal streaming sites at the start of the pandemic. The 2011 film, Contagion, about a virus outbreak, saw a 151% increase in streaming visits to piracy.