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Numerology: The Price Of Piracy

With Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hitting theaters May 20th, it seems our obsession with pirates just won't end -- though for many of us, sailing the seas of digital piracy is about as close as we'll get to an eye-patch-and-parrot lifestyle.

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23.8% of Internet traffic involves digital theft of copyrighted work. The U.S. is No.1 in illegal downloads.

The average iPod owned by a 14- to 24-YEAR-OLD contains 1,770 songs. Of those songs, 842 have been illegal acquired, according to a British study.

95% of all online music downloads are illegal.

In 2010, Lady Gaga's music was the MOST illegally downloaded & BRITNEY Spear's "Telephone" was the No.1 illegally downloaded track.

The movie-piraxy black market is vauled at $25 billion.

Legit DVD sales have declined 27% since 2004.

Avatar has been illegally downloaded more then 16,580,000times, making it the most-pirated film of 2010.

Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest was the FIRST film to hit the $100 MILLION mark in TWO days at the U.S. box office.

The First THREE Pirates films snagged a global booty of $2.68 BILLION at the box office.

The Matrix trilogy earned $1.6 BILLIOM, and the Lord of the Ring series earned $2.9 BILLION.

Prior to Pirates, JOHNNY Depp had starred in only one movie--Sleepy Hollow--that topped $100 million at the U.S. box office.

Depp's reported $59.2 MILLION for On Stranger Tides would beat out TOM HANKS'S check (Angels and Demons) for highest-paid starring role ever.

On BitTorrent, pornography edges out feature films by a teased hair: 42% of video downloads are flesh films, followed by other movies(41%), TV shows (15%), and anime (2%). More then 100 MILLION people use the site each month.

Typography by Julie Teninbaum

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