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Business

‘I, Tonya’, ‘Lady Bird’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Awards Screeners Leak Online

In what has become an anxious holiday ritual for Hollywood, pirated copies of DVD screeners of Oscar-contending films have leaked online. The group calling itself Hive-CM8 announced that it released copies of four films — a “gift” for the Christmas holiday, according to Torrent Freak. On Christmas Eve, it release the drama Last Flag Flying, noting "Merry Christmas and stay tuned." A few hours later, the group distributed pirated copies of  I, Tonya, Lady Bird and Call Me B… Read

TV

‘Game Of Thrones’ HBO Hack: U.S. Officials Charge Iranian National In Attack

UPDATED throughout with details from news conference: The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York has indicted an Iranian national in last summer’s HBO hack on charges of computer fraud, wire fraud, extortion and identity theft. Behzad Mesri is charged with hacking HBO’s computer servers, stealing proprietary data, including information about then-unreleased episodes of Game of Thrones, then threatening to release the data unless he was paid $6 million. A spokesman with the… Read

Business

Pirated Live TV Is Viewed By 6.5% Of North American Homes: Report

  TV distributors will lose $4 billion in revenue because 6.5% of households in North America are accessing pirated live TV services each month, according to a new study by research firm Sandvine. While piracy remains a serious concern  for Hollywood–and hacks have hit premium-content players HBO and Netflix this year–this research suggests that live TV, once considered more pirate-proof (not to mention DVR-proof) is more vulnerable as technology becomes more… Read

International

Another ‘Game Of Thrones’ Episode Leaks Online

Game Of Thrones

In what's sure to be another devastating turn of events for HBO, the newest episode of Game Of Thrones has leaked online, four days ahead of schedule. HBO España and HBO Nordic accidentally dropped Season 7’s Episode 6, titled “Beyond The Wall,” online in Spanish and Nordic territories, where it was available to on-demand subscribers for a full hour before it was removed. The leak left enough time for footage from the episode to be ripped and shared. Footage was posted to… Read

International

Prime Focus Condemns ‘Game Of Thrones’ Leak; Venice Adds Jean Rouch’s ‘Cousin, Cousine’; Camerimage To Honor Paul Hirsch – Global Briefs

Prime Focus Technologies has today weighed in on the recent leak of an episode of HBO's Game Of Thrones, which it processes for Star India. Four people were arrested in India this week after episode 4 of Season 7 of the Emmy-winning series leaked online ahead of its scheduled airing. The leak is unrelated to the recent HBO hack. Those arrested have been charged with criminal breach of trust and computer-related offenses. Three of the alleged perpetrators are employees of… Read

TV

HBO Hack Could Be More Smoke Than Fire & Pilfered ‘Game Of Thrones’ Episodes

Over two weeks after HBO was compromised by a hacker seeking a multi-million payout, today's release of correspondence of the premium cabler offering $250,000 indicates that there might be more smoke than fire in this latest Hollywood attack. Unlike the sprawling and gutting Sony attack of late 2014 when assumed agents of North Korea quickly spewed the studio's secrets, top tier executive emails, employee personal information and several unreleased movies across the… Read

Business

HBO Boss On Hack: Email System “As A Whole” Might Not Be Compromised

HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler sent an internal memo to staff today urging calm as media begin to report out the sketchy details of a hack attack at the premium cabler. The network confirmed Monday that it was hit, with some reports suggesting hackers were able to access even more data than exposed at Sony Pictures Entertainment when it was ambushed in November 2014. HBO is still not commenting on what content might have been stolen, but the data includes… Read

Business

IATSE Convention Opens With Congressman’s Speech About Piracy Threat

Delegates to the opening day of IATSE's 68th Convention in Hollywood, FL, heard a local U.S. congressman blast President Donald Trump and Congress for failing to address one of the industry's major concerns, and a serious threat to the nation's creative wellspring: the theft of intellectual property. "Every day Americans spend an average of 10 hours, 39 minutes in front of one screen or another," Rep. Ted Deutch of Boca Raton told the delegates. "You build much of the… Read

Box Office

‘Deadpool’ Pirate Arrested; Illegal Copy Of Fox/Marvel Movie Watched By 5M On Facebook

Federal agents have arrested 21-year-old Trevon Maurice Franklin, who is being charged with copyright infringement after uploading a copy of 20th Century Fox/Marvel’s Deadpool to Facebook while the pic was still in theaters last year. The pirated version was watched by more than 5 million people after making it to the social media portal eight days following its February 12, 2016 release date. The felony carries a sentence of up to three years in federal prison. Franklin… Read

Business

Hollywood And Digital Companies Forge Global Anti-Piracy Alliance

Hollywood and Silicon Valley seem to have found common ground on an effort to attack online piracy. Some 30 content creators — including all of the major TV network owners and digital powers led by Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu — unveiled today a global coalition called the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) that hopes to address what it calls “a continuing threat to creators, consumers, and the economy.” The organization will tap members’ insights, as well as… Read

Business

Hackers Post ABC’s Steve Harvey Summer Series Online

Steve Harvey's Funderdome

The hackers who posted episodes of the upcoming season of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and threatened to do the same to networks like ABC, apparently has struck again. Eight episodes of ABC’s summer series Steve Harvey’s Funderdome have apparently been posted on the torrent site The Pirate Bay ahead of its season premiere this weekend. It’s still unknown whether a group or an individual is behind the hacks, but the entity known as The Dark Overlord posted a message… Read

Film

Hackers Holding Disney’s Latest ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ For Ransom

UPDATED with comments from former hacker: Disney’s upcoming Johnny Depp film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has been pilfered by ransom hackers seeking payment from the studio. The hackers have demanded an enormous amount of money be paid in Bitcoin. Disney is currently working with the FBI and will not pay. Although Disney CEO Bob Iger did not reveal which movie the ransom hackers claim to have, he did reveal to ABC employees during a town hall meeting… Read