Even the Lede Points Out the Problem

NYTimes graphic; thumbnail versionAnd I love the accompanying graphic: Warner’s Digital Watchdog Widens War on Pirates

Hollywood studios spend millions every year trying to get people to watch their movies. At Warner Brothers Entertainment, Darcy Antonellis is trying to get them to stop watching — illegally, that is.

Ms. Antonellis oversees the studio’s growing worldwide antipiracy efforts as Hollywood’s attention shifts from bootleg DVDs made in China to the problem of copyrighted television and movie clips showing up on sites like YouTube and MySpace.

While producers and celebrities garner most of the attention in Hollywood, technology executives like Ms. Antonellis are at the forefront of the industry as they try to protect the studio’s control over its content.

“Forefront?” I would characterize it more as “heel dragging,” or worse!