What Worldwide Movie Piracy Looks Like In Real Time

There's an ludicrous amount of video being pirated around the world, all the time -- even as you read this very post. It travels from peer to peer, bit by bit, in little garbled jumps. This installation, called "Pirate Cinema", shows exactly what's being pirated, and where. All in real time.

Made up of three screens, and a crew of computers furiously torrenting behing the scenes, "The Pirate Cinema" by artist Nicolas Maigret aims to convey just what this endless torrent of video flying across the web is actually like. The system picks up IP address and locations and displays them on the screens in real time, all the while showing jumbled burps of the films being transfered.

The actual data flying from computer to computer is useless on its own, so the installation actually torrents the most popular films itself, and then uses arbitrary clips -- the same size as the real transmissions, but in sequence -- to represent each burst on screen. It's not one-to-one, but it's a necessary evil in order to see anything that makes even the most remote amount of sense.

It's no movie night, but it sure is wild to watch. For the minute or two you can handle it, anyway. [The Pirate Cinema via Boing Boing]

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    I took me over a minute to spot the pr0n. Bad eyesight, or unrealistic modelling?

    What? There's only so little porn being downloaded?!

    After multinational corporations and big business screwed the world out of trillions in 2008, you'd think they wouldn't mind a few pirated movies would you ?

    I also think there should be alot more porn ahha

    Most of this stuff in on youtube or tube8 anyways, why bother p2p?
    The joke is on the content providers for taking so long to release the actual stuff.

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