Friday, January 23, 2009

Pirating the 2009 Oscars

It's that time of the year when Andy Baio tracks the illegal online distribution of every film that made it to the nomination list of the Academy Awards. From Waxy:
Out of 26 nominated films, an incredible 23 films are already available in DVD quality on nomination day, ripped either from the screeners or the retail DVDs. This is the highest percentage since I started tracking.

Only three films are unavailable — Rachel Getting Married wasn't leaked online in any form, while Changeling is only available as a low-quality telecine transfer and Australia as a terrible quality camcorder recording.

Other findings: Academy members received screeners for at least 20 of the 26 films. 25 out of 26 films leaked in some form online, if you include camcorder recordings. The average time from the time screeners are received by Academy members to its leak online is 6 days.

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