I'm looking for a robust data set about movies on Bittorrent. I'd like to understand the popularity of individual titles as measured by the number of users who have a particular title available for download. I'd also like to understand the overlap between title availability. For example: 5,000 people might have Independence Day, 2,000 people might have Sleepless in Seattle, and 11 people might have both of those titles.

Is any of this data already published and freely available? If not, what would I need to do to set up some sort of a monitor to harvest the data myself? It has been widely reported that the movie studios do this to enforce their copyright so I'm assuming what I describe is possible.

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    Netflix does this too forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/09/16/…
    – philshem
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 0:26
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    To avoid scraping, search Google Scholar for studies related to torrents (there're some). Authors are typically glad to share the data. Commented May 22, 2015 at 22:44
  • Thanks @Anton. That's a terrific suggestion not only for this question but also for future data hunting.
    – hughesdan
    Commented Jun 22, 2015 at 16:29

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Step 1: Write a scraper to build a repository of .torrent files or magnet links. You can also use the magnet-hashes from TPB. Or convert a .torrent file to a magnet-link.

Step 2: Pass those magnet-hashes to a script that retrieves the seeder/leecher stats. An example is here.

Step 3: Repeat step 2, as many times and as often as possible.

Step 4: Occasionally update repo in step 1.

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