Oscar Screeners Hit Web28 Dec, 2007 By: Chris Tribbey
Several DVD screeners of movies still in theaters have made their way to BitTorrent download sites, according to news reports, which speculated the DVDs could only have come from Oscar voters.
I Am Legend, Atonement, The Great Debaters and The Bucket List were among those listed by media download site TorrentFreak.
The Hollywood Reporter relayed in September that the Cinea S-View player, the custom-made player for Oscar voters that would play DRM encrypted screeners, was being phased out, leaving watermarking as the main way of protecting DVD screeners. Watermarking allows studios to track the source of a DVD copy that's been uploaded to the Internet.