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Pirating the 2015 Oscars

The Internet’s own Andy Baio continues his excellent tradition of finding how Oscar movies are being pirated:

The insatiable appetite for HD video led pirate groups to find new pipelines for sharing films before they even reach voters’ mailboxes, and in much better quality. These new sources for HD leaks, lurking anywhere from mastering studios to the mailroom, may be much harder for the MPAA to find than leaks from their own members.

This is one of those classic “you can’t stop piracy” stories that also shows just how far the technical skills of people in the industry lag behind the powers of people on the Internet.