Awards Screeners Spoiled Hollywood’s ChristmasAdded: Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
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A number of movie studios are fighting hard against the ongoing leak of awards screeners. In attempt to contain the leaks, Hollywood keeps sending out thousands of takedown requests to Internet portals and companies, mostly torrent sites and Google.
A few days ago, a number of high quality screener copies leaked online, and so far they include The Hateful Eight, The Revenant,Spectre, Creed, Concussion and Steve Jobs. This is not the end of the list: pirates announce more to come. Of course, the prospect of so many quality leaks just before Christmas was a disaster for Hollywood, particularly because some of those movies had yet to premiere in theaters.
In the meantime, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to find the source of the leaks and has already traced The Hateful Eight screener back to one of the Hollywood executives. Now some movie studios have switched to damage control mode and instructed piracy monitoring firms to locate online copies and send takedown requests. As a result, Google received thousands of takedown requests in just one day. For example, the Weinstein Company sent the search giant its first batch of DMCA notices in almost a year, demanding to remove more than a thousand links across 190 domains, with Rapidgator and Uploaded being the top targets. Then, Entertainment Film Distributors was asking to take down links to The Hateful Eight, but Google took no action against a Reddit thread discussing the leaks.
It later turned out that The Hateful Eight was not the only movie that accounted for so many takedown notices. For instance, lots of DMCA notices were sent for The Revenant; Columbia Pictures sent notices for Concussion, Twentieth Century Fox – for The Peanuts Movie, NBC Universal – for Legend, and so on. Likewise, Google is not the only target of the studios: other online streaming and torrent services also received piles of DMCA notices. This brings results, because most copies of the leaked screeners disappeared from the Internet, and new uploads continue to be removed.
Such anti-piracy campaign is nothing new, but its scale seems to be much larger than when regular leaks emerge. Bad news for the copyright owners is that not all websites are receptive to takedown notices – The Pirate Bay would be a good example. As always, the pirate ship ignores takedown requests, so anyone can get the leaked screeners there.
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Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
|Let them whine. Greedy bastards could use a taste of humility|
|Its gonna be the end of screeners before long. Its hard to believe that they still haven't found some more secure way to deliver and control them. It cant be that hard to keep track given the kind of money they have at their disposal to ensure secure delivery and monitoring. Really in 2 minds about this. On one hand I enjoy the DVDScr season, on the other hand I know that the quality of the movies varies a lot and maybe they aren't worth the possible trouble they could bring for sites that I use daily. Cant help thinking that the studios allow the leaks in order to gain sympathy for more public and draconian prosecutions. When all is considered its the only explanation for this kind of incompetence year after year after year. In future it would make sense to spread them out a bit, don't draw so much attention and don't play into the studios hands.|
|probably sad because the multi million pound bonuses are not going to be as big this year...|
|Star Wars Ep VII takes 1 billion dollars in 12 days, and they complain christmas was spoiled???? pmsl|
|posted by (2015-12-29 19:03:50)|
|I guess they misinterpreted the phrase "christmas is for giving" to mean /giving/ takedown requests, instead of /giving/ a few free showings to people for the holidays.|
not like I'd waste my money on a trip to the theaters with a bunch of noisy twats anyway, assuming all piracy was eliminated. no, I rather think I'd live a very different life. One that involved books and being outside.. and geting into more mischief than the local community could handle, no doubt.
|big deal if they stop screeners, it was only a few years ago that movies went to dvd 5yrs after being shown in cinemas, now its like a month, more fool them wanting a faster turn around. watching before or after release makes no odds to me. im just watching selective tv. and see what movies look good, i dont check or look for upcoming movies unless i notice the torrent.|
|posted by (2015-12-30 05:13:03)|
|Im pretty sure these leaks are done intentionally, to give exposure to movies, people would not go and see or will not be released locally where they live, its been done every year for many years, they could have found ways to stop the leaks years ago, but awards season has always delivered..cheers|
|I remember when Dustin Hoffman was paid 5 million for 1 & a half days work on Meet the parents 3 (Little Fockers )GREEDY LITTLE FOCKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Award campaigns rarely work anyway, at least financially. I don't think "Blue Sky" or "Anna" ever did turn a profit. Send out free copies of movies then bitch about them being shared, who's fault is that?!|
|Article states "In the meantime, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to find the source of the leaks and has already traced The Hateful Eight screener back to one of the Hollywood executives." As a taxpayer, I would like to hope that the FBI isn't really wasting their time and effort doing the bidding of the MPAA and the Hollywood Big Wigs. It just seems like they should have bigger fish to fry. I guess protecting "potentially lost profits" is higher priority in Washington than defeating cyber-terrorism. What a waste of resources and our tax dollars. No wonder so many experts are claiming that ISIS is winning the war on the cyber front.|
|posted by (2015-12-31 17:13:06)|
You make a good point.
I live in the UK so I dont need to worry about the FBI wasting their time and tax payers money while getting paid to track down the source of a leaked screener, sheesh the easy life of an FBI agent.
|posted by (2016-01-03 14:17:18)|
|If the chance of an Oscar is more important to the studios than leaking a movie then so be it. You can't have your cake and eat it too studio bosses.||
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