Pirating the Oscars 2012

Andy Baio hat grade auf Wired seine jährliche Piraterie-Analyse der Oscar-Kandidaten gepostet.

For the last 10 years, I’ve tracked the online distribution of Oscar-nominated films, going back to 2003. Using a number of sources, I’ve compiled a massive spreadsheet, now updated to include 310 films.

This year, for the first time, I’m calling it: The MPAA is winning the battle to stop screener leaks.

A record 37 films were nominated this year, and the studios sent out screeners for all but four of them. But, so far, only eight of those 33 screeners have leaked online, a record low that continues the downward trend from last year. They may be winning the battle, but they’ve lost the war.

While screeners declined in popularity, 34 of the nominated films (92 percent) were leaked online by nomination day, with 25 of them available as high-quality DVD or Blu-ray rips. Only three films — Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, My Week with Marilyn and W.E. — haven’t leaked online in any form (yet!).

If the goal of blocking leaks is to keep the films off the internet, then the MPAA still has a long way to go.

MPAA Wins the Oscar Screener Battle, but Loses the War