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Pirating the 2015 Oscars: HD Edition

Andy Baio has been tracking pirated Oscar films for over a decade. This year’s findings:

The big change: A staggering 44% of this year’s crop of nominees leaked as a high-quality rip from some source outside of traditional screeners or retail releases — the highest percentage since I started tracking films in 2003.

The leaked copies on offer are often of a much higher quality than the DVDs sent out to Oscar voters. Studios and distributors go to great lengths (and expense) to lock down screeners,1 but it’s looking like it’s becoming a moot point. There are better copies floating around in the ether.

  1. Visual and digital watermarks, barcoding tied to the recipient, etc.

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