The New Star Trek Movie Was On YouTube For More Than 24 Hours

UPDATE: As of 9:00 p.m. ET, the video has been taken down. The pirated copy of Star Trek Into Darkness was online for approximately 26 hours.

1. A pirated version of Star Trek Into Darkness has been available on YouTube since Sunday night — now for over 24 hours. The highly-anticipated movie was released Friday.

2. Two identical 120-minute videos of the film (a “FULL MOVIE” and a “copy”) were uploaded Sunday at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET. and 7:24 p.m. ET.

Ellie Hall / Screenshot

Screenshot 5/19: 7:36 p.m. EST.

3. Fifteen year-old YouTube user “Spockyy1231,” seen here, uploaded both Star Trek videos to his channel.

4. Star Trek Into Darkness is 129 minutes long and the YouTube videos capture everything except the opening scene. It appears to have been shot on a hand-held camera in a movie theater.

Ellie Hall / Screenshot

Screenshot 5/19: 7:21 p.m. ET.

5. The “FULL MOVIE” was taken down from YouTube at approximately 7:21 p.m. ET on Sunday, but the copy of the video is still currently online.

Ellie Hall / Screenshot

6. After the takedown, Spockyy1231 gave the remaining pirated video the exact same title as the one that had just been removed by YouTube.

Ellie Hall / Screenshot

Screenshot 5/20: 6:15 p.m. ET.

7. People are beginning to share the movie on Twitter and Facebook, so it remains to be seen how much longer this pirated copy will remain online.

I liked a @YouTube video Copy of Star Trek Into Darkness FULL MOVIE! 2013 (CAM)

— Johnny Brannan (@johnny_brannan)

Johnny Brannan


I liked a @YouTube video Copy of Star Trek Into Darkness FULL MOVIE! 2013 (CAM)

Star trek, full movie

— Ronald Quintanilla (@Ronaldqg)

Ronald Quintanilla


Star trek, full movie

Watching the new Star Trek on Youtube.

— aswan duncan (@adduncan96)

aswan duncan


Watching the new Star Trek on Youtube.

watch before it gets removed ..

— Willie (@emcpostie)



watch before it gets removed ..

11. The comments on the video, which has garnered 1200 new views in the past hour, reveal an interesting difference of opinion between people who found the pirated version of the sci-fi thriller.

Ellie Hall / Screenshot

12. The teenager who uploaded the pirated copies of the film is very visibly a huge fan of Star Trek — his YouTube channel consists almost entirely of Star Trek videos.

Spockyy1231’s YouTube Channel / Via

BuzzFeed has reached out for comment to Spockyy1231 and Paramount.

14. UPDATE - 9:13 p.m. ET: The video has been removed due to a copyright claim by Paramount.

When asked for comment, a rep for Paramount told BuzzFeed the studio does not comment on individual acts of piracy.

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