Torrent Freak tracks the most down-loaded movies ...
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent, ‘Paranormal Activity’ tops the chart this week followed by Pixar’s ‘Up’. ‘The Tournament’ completes the top three.
And the other faves for downloaders?
4) Public Enemies
6) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7) Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
9) Four Christmases
10) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
The point here is that downloading these moving pictures is ... uh ... illegal. Because it's theft.
Now you can dress this up with any philosophical trappings you like: "It's a blow for internet freedom!" "We're taking down the evil conglomerates!" "The assholes will never miss the money, they're rich anyway!! And besides, they deserve it!" ... (etc.)
The problem is, if the practice becomes widespread enough, the movie industry will drastically change ... and not for the better. Industry employees will have to find other ways to make their livings, because the structure of the motion picture business will be different in unpretty ways. The cash flows that support pensions, residuals, and health care will be reduced to anemic trickles.
I don't know what the solutions to downloading are, but solutions will emerge. One way or the other.