A decade ago, nearly all screener copies of all Oscar-nominated films leaked online. Today, these types of screener leaks are non-existent. Changes in the movie industry contributed to this change but the bust of piracy group EVO a year ago had a big impact too. The group’s suspected leader was arrested in Portugal and others are still under investigation.
At the end of the year, movie industry insiders traditionally receive their screener copies, which they use to vote on the Oscars and other awards.
Historically, many of these screeners leaked on pirate sites, where they would be shared among millions of unauthorized viewers.
This ‘screener season‘ was highly anticipated but nothing stays the same forever. Since last year, these holiday gifts are a thing of the past.
The End of the Screener Disc
While it’s always tricky to assume causal links, there are a few changes in the film industry that contributed to this turnaround, some more than…