'Thor Ragnarok' Digital Version Accidentally Released Early, Resulting in Piracy

The accidental release of Thor: Ragnarok on digital has resulted in intense piracy of the Marvel [...]

The accidental release of Thor: Ragnarok on digital has resulted in intense piracy of the Marvel film.

Thor: Ragnarok isn't supposed to be released on digital until February 19th. However, a mistake at Apple allowed costumers using Vudu and Movies Anywhere a brief window where they could download it on iTunes early. Now copies have made there way around the internet and the film is being pirated at an intense rate.

It isn't uncommon for the rate of piracy on a movie to increase when a perfect copy finds its way onto the internet. The difference is that usually that copy finding its way to the internet involves a leak of some sort. In this case, the original copies were purchased fair and square, and the movie is now available across torrenting sites like The Pirate Bay.

According to a now-deleted Reddit post, the mistake was made due to a problem with pre-order purchases.

"I pre-ordered Thor Ragnarok on Vudu yesterday and it links it to my iTunes also," the user explained. "But curiously it showed up in my iTunes library this morning (pre-orders shouldn't). And now I can watch the full movie in HD. I obviously downloaded it right away. I know its supposed to come out February 20th."

It is unclear what happened on Apple's end to cause the downloads to go out early, but there's not putting the genie back in the bottle now.

Thor: Ragnarok currently has an 84.51 ComicBook.com Composite score, the seventh-highest score of any comic book movie. Thor: Ragnarok also has a 4.23 out of 5 ComicBook.com User Rating, making it the fourth-highest rated comic book movie by ComicBook.com Users. Let us know what you thought of Thor: Ragnarok by giving the movie your own personal ComicBook.com User rating below.

Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include; Black Panther on February 16th, Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th, Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6th, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.

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