With 7 Oscars Gravity was the big winner at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday evening. However, the Oscar for the best motion picture went to 12 years a Slave.
While the makers of both films couldn’t be happier, there’s also a dark side to this success.
Soon after the Hollywood festivities ended, the number of downloads for both films gradually increased.
For example, the number of 12 Years a Slave pirates downloading the film via BitTorrent tripled, resulting in more than 100,000 extra downloads on Monday.
The interest in 7-time Oscar winner Gravity increased as well, as the number of active downloaders on the most popular torrent more than doubled.
Whether the makers of Gravity and 12 Years a Slave have similar plans has yet to be seen.