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The Force Awakens Blu-ray inevitably ripped and posted to torrent sites

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The image posted to torrent sites by the original pirate

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will not be available to download legally until April 1, but that not stopping pirates (not of the Han Solo variety, mind) getting their grubby little paws on the box office mega smash.

Almost inevitably, a ripped copy of the forthcoming Blu-ray release has appeared on torrent sites and it’s already being sought after like a secret map to Luke Skywalker.

According to TorrentFreak (via Engadget), the file has been downloaded a quarter of a million times in just 12 hours since appearing on sites like Kickass Torrents and Pirate Bay.

That number is sure to be spiralling out of control a la Darth Vader's X-Wing, as articles like this one spread across the web. It is also topping the lists on the sites in question.

As TorrentFreak points out there are dozens of copies already available, so there really isn’t a lot Disney can do about it at this stage.

Along with the file, the original leak artist posted an image of the disc (see above), which appears to be a retail copy.

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The leak of the official HD copy comes after Disney and Lucasfilm struggled to remove copies which were shot on a camcorder or smartphone in the theatre.

Disney now faces the loss of millions in revenue from those who may have bought the digital copy or the Blu-ray which arrives on April 5.

However, seeing as the movie grossed an all-time high of over $2 billion at the box office alone, the firm can surely put this minor mishap down to a little collateral damage.

Have you torrented The Force Awakens yet? Let us know in the comments below.

Bugblatter

March 24, 2016, 12:45 am

To be honest (in a manner of speaking), for a film like this a lot of those who pirate it will also buy it once it's available.

However once again the pirates have beaten the industry at their own game; getting their product to customers. It's really not just about cost, it's about convenience (no need to rip) and lack of restrictions (e.g. region locking).

Gareth Burleigh

March 24, 2016, 10:40 am

Darth Vader had an X-Wing now?

Alex Walsh

March 24, 2016, 11:36 am

You never see precise retail units for BD sales but I'm lead to believe it's a tiny fraction of what is still sold on DVD- some sources say it's as low as 2% of the physical media sales. Given the lack of BD sales and the push towards streaming, I can't see the potential loss from BD rips being that significant.

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