Thor: Ragnarok Leaks Online After iTunes Mishap And Is Being Torrented Like Crazy
This probably isn't what Disney was hoping for when it comes to Thor pre-orders
What happens when a copy of Thor: Ragnarok accidentally leaks online a month before its scheduled release? Naturally, it ends up being torrented far and wide as people attempt to get their hands on the latest Marvel movie.
According to TorrentFreak, thanks to a mix-up between Vudu and iTunes, the new Thor film was offered for download well before its planned February 20 release. How did that happen? In a now-deleted Reddit post, a user claims that after pre-ordering the movie on Vudu, they were given the option to download it on iTunes.
The snafu allegedly comes about due to the user's accounts being linked together via Movies Anywhere--the service that houses several video outlets under a single app. Somehow the wires between the two providers were crossed, enabling anyone who digitally pre-ordered the movie to access it early. From there, copies of the film stripped of its digital protection began popping up on torrent websites, in both 720p and 1080p resolution.
There's no telling what impact the illegal pirating of the film will have on its sales once it becomes officially available, but don't expect it to slow down anytime soon. Thus far, Disney, iTunes, and Vudu have yet to comment on the mistake.
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