Hollywood Investigating Oscar Nominees on Torrents

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“Some studios are successful in taking a file down, but it’s a difficult game of Whac-a-Mole.”[HP]

Have you seen Argo? Better yet, have you downloaded it from a torrent online? If so, Hollywood wants to know where you got it from, because the availability of Oscar nominated films from 2012 via illegal download is becoming a major pain in the arse for Hollywood studios and distributors.

According to data compiled from TorrentFreak, the most pirated movies in recent weeks include Oscar nominees like Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty, The Impossible and Lincoln, all of which are available because of screener copies given only to Academy members.

Producing studios are looking into launching an investigation as to who and how these movies are getting online; word is one guild member is under a particularly dark cloud of suspicion. We’ll keep you posted on whether he/she is outed soon. In the meantime, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is still available online.

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