The movie was supposed to be released on digital next month.
Thor: Ragnarok was one of 2017’s biggest hits, it is also one of Marvel’s critically-acclaimed titles. While the movie was still in theaters raking in millions, Disney has already scheduled a home video release for the movie in early March with a digital release date on February 20.
Digital usually means that the movie will be released on services such as Movies Anywhere and iTunes before it arrives on physical media a few weeks later.
But users who have pre-ordered the movie said that the movie became available on their video libraries a couple of hours ago, ready to download. Those who managed to download the movie got an early ‘legal’ copy of the movie.
The fault lies with the Movie Anywhere bug that accidentally made the movie available, so if your iTunes or any movie library is connected to that, you’ll immediately have a copy of the movie.
But of course, pirates are quick to spread the movie online. It was reported that they spent 10 hours removing the copy protection on the movie so that it can be uploaded and distributed online.
Work quickly spread and it’s turning to be the most pirated movie this week.
The bug has been addressed as of the moment, though it will now be difficult trying to prevent the spread of the pirated copy online.