Think tank pushes back on piracy claims

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"Despite what the content industry might like to see, search engines are just telling it like it is."

Brito said neither search engines nor Congress should step in to protect the entertainment industry’s business model.

“The fact that movies are not available digitally does not excuse piracy,” he said. “But it also shouldn’t be incumbent upon search engines to change what they do in order to prop up another industry's business model.”

The website lists each week’s top 10 pirated movies on BitTorrent based on TorrentFreak reports. It determines digital availability based on the website CanIStreamIt.it.

According to the site, three of this week’s top 10 pirated movies are available through digital rental services and six are available for digital purchase. None are available through streaming services.

A spokesperson from the Motion Picture Association of America suggested viewers visit the association’s website, WhereToWatch.org, “for a one stop compilation of legitimate platforms available in the U.S.”

"Today there are more ways than ever to watch movies and TV shows legally online, and more are constantly being added,” the spokesperson said. 

“If a particular film isn't available for stream or purchase at a given moment, however, it does not justify stealing it from the creators and makers who worked hard to make it.”

— This story was updated at 2:10 p.m.