THE piracy group responsible for leaking more than a dozen summer blockbuster films has released a bizarre statement explaining its actions.The pro-piracy group, known as Hive-CM8, started releasing high-quality DVD screeners of movies such as Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, James Bond movie Spectre and Creed.
Claiming to have 40 films in its possession, the pro-piracy collective said it planned on releasing them individually over the coming weeks.However, when information that could potentially identify one of its members surfaced online, Hive-CM8 went off the grid.
The pirates then resurfaced and leaked Anomalisa and The Big Short, along with a statement explaining its motives.
“We didn’t plan to comment at all on recent events, but we feel now that we should,” the statement read, according to Business Insider.
“We wanted to share this [sic] movies with the people who are not rich enough or not able to watch all nominated movies in the cinema.”
The pro-piracy group then took the moral high ground claiming people should pay to see the movies in the cinema when possible.
“[These] files are not representing the movies how they can be enjoyed in the cinema,” the statement read.
“Please support the producers and watch all movies in the cinema on a big screen.
“The producers need the money from ticket sales to get back the production costs.”
When specifically addressing its release of The Hateful Eight a week before it went into cinemas, the pirate collective offered an apology to director Quentin Tarantino.
“We never intended to hurt anyone by doing that, we didn’t know it would get that popular that quickly,” the statement read.
However, Hive-CM8 was quick to defend its actions claiming the producers will not lose any money and may benefit from the media hype the hack created.“Everyone is talking about it and everyone wants to see the movie that created so much noise,” the statement read.
“This will push the cinema tickets sale for sure.”The piracy group said it would not leak another film before its cinema release date and not 40 as it originally threatened.“We think we have done enough already,” it said.
While the file for The Hateful Eight has been traced to Hollywood executive Andrew Koseve, there is no proof he has any connection with its leak.
The sources of the other movies are yet to be identified, although Hive-CM8 claims no hacking was used in obtaining the files.
“We got the copies sold from a guy on the street, no decryption was needed,” the statement read.