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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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WeeItsNookies
WeeItsNookies

That's easy, yes they give screeners to Oscar people. It's hard coded with a "member number" which allows them to identify who exactly the copy belonged to. However, must rippers will blur this out. That said, they can only pinpoint the uploader, which just got it from someone else, who got it from someone else. It goes through multiple people before being released to the public. This could be simply a bored rich kid, getting a hold of his fathers copy, or family members or the guy himself..who knows.

GrgeCdnBastard
GrgeCdnBastard

Hey Boz you get 50 gigs for free on Mega too! Happy days are here again.

Bozz
Bozz

@GrgeCdnBastard Never really use Megaupload though, Torrent is so much easier for me. lol. But I'm glad that it's back. 

Bozz
Bozz

Beside this has been going on for several years, why bring it up now? 

Bozz
Bozz like.author.displayName 1 Like

Whoever leaked the films, I hope they don't get him cause I owe that guy/girl a huge thanks. Beside, Hollywood has made enough money, can they please let us enjoy the movies that are gonna be shown on TV anyway. 

MoeJackson
MoeJackson moderator

I've even heard from friends that the picture quality on the torrent downloads of films mentioned above are DVD quality, so it should be interesting to see who's leaking the films...

Bozz
Bozz

@MoeJackson yeah, they're all in great quality, I can tell cause I've downloaded all of them. HAHAHHAHHAHAHA.