12 January 2013
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Victim of Piracy
Acknowledged as being the most expensive movie ever produced (costing roughly $663 million to make), Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has already fallen victim to pirates.
A website, which has not been disclosed, has been offering 230 versions of Jackson's film for download. One user on the site uploaded two versions of the film, which amassed more than 180,000 downloads.
Tony Eaton, executive director of New Zealand Federation Against Copyright Theft (NZFACT), commented on the piracy, saying, "We are prepared to take all steps necessary to identify the thieves and pursue our available remedies under civil and criminal law."
According to the Motion Picture Association, piracy cost New Zealand's film industry an estimated $70.8 million in 2005.