A group of hackers stole a copy of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film from a post-production company and tried to ransom Disney.
The ransom sum was about $100,000, and if it wasn’t paid, the film’s copy would be uploaded to torrents sites.
Disney however, didn’t pay, and now the newest instalment in the Pirates franchise is on the big screen.
When asked about the ransom problem, Jerry Bruckheimer, the film’s producer, said he wasn’t too fussed.
“You want to see movies like Pirates in a theatre, that’s the best way to see a film,” he said.
So are film pirates no longer a problem for the industry? Well, not reallly, but the problem might be shifting.
The Australian film industry warned about the dangers of piracy long ago and the threat it poses to the creation of strong, original content at home.
And despite a lack of any substantial statistics about the levels of piracy, Australia has long been considered as one of the worst offenders when it comes to illegally downloading films and TV shows.
The premiere of season four of Game of Thrones reportedly led to a record number of illegal downloads around the world, and Australia reportedly accounted for the biggest single slice of this.