How the world's most popular torrent site was able to get movies months before they came out on DVD
The criminal complaint against KickassTorrents and its alleged operator includes a chart that shows the cinema release dates of popular movies, the date they appeared on KickassTorrents, and the DVD release date.For every single movie, KickassTorrents managed to release a version weeks before the DVD was in stores, often just days after the films were screened in cinemas.Advertisement
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How does that happen? After all, a regular source of leaks comes from the production of DVDs, as then lots of factory workers are exposed to movies before they're officially available to buy.But the criminal complaint notes that many movies available on KickassTorrents have "telecine" or "TC" in their description.
Here's a look at a cached version of a "Warcraft" torrent on KickassTorrents, before the site was taken down:
Here's an example of a professional telecine machine:Advertisement
KickassTorrents certainly wasn't the only site to use telecine copies of movies, but it does show how it got them so quickly. After all, that's a major reason why the site was more popular than The Pirate Bay - content came to Kickasstorrents before it reached its rivals.
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