Downloading Star Wars: Legal at Last, After Years of Massive Piracy

The force has been strong on illicit torrent websites

Jar Jar Binks, perhaps the least popular character in the Star Wars movies that will be available online for the first time.

Photo by Keith Hamshere. Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM.

The six-film Star Wars saga will become available via iTunes and Google Play on Friday, marking the first time audiences will be able to download the movies without breaking the law. If Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Fox manage to sell legitimate digital copies with anything like the speed of pirated downloads, the belated retail exercise would be a big success. 

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