Monday, February 9, 2009

The one and only "AXXO"

To Hollywood executives, he's public enemy number one. To film fans around the world(like us), he's a modern-day Robin Hood. As the internet's most prolific pirate makes his 1,000th illegal film download available to the masses, the mysterious figure known only as aXXo
At 8.40am on Monday 15 December, a new post appeared on an internet forum called the Darkside Release Group. "Darkside_RG" is a clearing house for internet pirates, a site dedicated to the online redistribution of movies, music and video games The post in question contained a BitTorrent file – the most widespread and efficient file sharing method on the web – containing an illicit copy of a horror film called Mirrors. Though the mainstream media ignored it, this was a landmark moment for millions of file sharers worldwide: the 1,000th movie uploaded by aXXo, the internet's most popular and enduring pirate..

This aXXo may be anonymous, but he (or she, or they) is a global brand. His most popular uploads are downloaded illegally by up to a million internet users per week. His files regularly make up more than one-third of all the films trafficked on BitTorrent. Here is the link for the aXXo movies..