Another Yahoo! News Item (sorry — I’m not getting a lot of time today): Movie Studios Crack Down on Oscar Screening Tapes
Hollywood’s major film studios announced on Tuesday they are ending their long-held practice of sending videotapes and DVDs of Oscar contending movies to Academy Award voters in a bid to thwart copyright piracy.
[...] The move comes as a response to the 2002-2003 Oscar season when several tapes and DVDs of films in Oscar contention were copied and appeared for sale on the black market in Asian countries and for download on the Internet.
That fact served as an embarrassment for the U.S. film industry which for years has worked hard to combat illegal copying of videotapes, and is now working feverishly to stem the fast-rising tide of digital piracy on the Internet.