Evidently, internet pirates are humongous fans of high fantasy. Why else would they prefer to illegally download "The Hobbit" and "Game of Thrones" above all other movies and TV shows?
In a report compiled by the website TorrentFreak, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was estimated to have been illegally shared over 8.4 million times last year, making it the most pirated movie of 2013. "Django Unchained" came in second with 8.1 million downloads, followed by "Fast and Furious 6" and "Iron Man 3."
As for television, "Game of Thrones" held its title as the most pirated television show for a second year, followed by "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad" in second and third place. Interestingly enough, TorrentFreak reports that the "GoT" third-season finale was illegally downloaded more than 5.9 million times — a number that exceeds the estimated viewership (5.4 million) from when the episode actually aired on HBO.
Finally, in music piracy news, data analysis firm Musicmetric has determined Bruno Mars to be the most pirated artist, with 5.8 million illegal downloads of his music. Rihanna and Daft Punk were also notably ripped off, to the tune of 5.4 million and 4.2 million downloads, respectively.
So take note, Hollywood: You can make movies, television or music about anything you want, but the internet isn't about to start paying for the fantastical antics of their favorite fictional creatures, whether they be Hobbits, White Walkers or Bruno Mars(es).