Pirated Movies Are Always Rated ARRRRR


Apparently the MPAA has taken to equipping movie theater ushers with nightvision goggles in order to help them crack down on pirates with camcorders. But as Umair at BubbleGeneration notes, the strategy has the potential to backfire by improving the quality of the pirated film pool, ensuring that the copies propagating through online networks are in-house rips that act as better substitutes for eventually buying a DVD.


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  1. actually, across the third world, which is where the real piracy wars are raging, cams are *never* labelled. cams are also not labelled in the West when you buy rips off your local back-of-the-truck dealer.

  2. The funniest thing I saw recently was a British in-theater bootleg of Harry Potter shot in night-vision. It looked like the Paris Hilton video.

  3. How about equipping ushers with the common sense to throw out the people who talk during the whole damn movie who ruin the movie for everybody else?

  4. No one:

    I believe what Nobody is referring to is bittorrent sites, where CAMs are routinely labled as such.

  5. Pirated Movies Are Always Rated ARRRRR


  6. It’s still early, but that’s my big laugh for the day.

  7. It’s a good point. You want to put a real crimp in pirated movies — rent low quality digital video cameras at the movie theatres (make them front weighted so they tend to tilt).

  8. I wonder how many of those highly paid movie ushers would turn down fifty bucks from one of those camcorder guys to just look the other way.

  9. Umair needs to get better sources. CAMs are labelled as such so the “buyer” knows exactly what he is getting. A bigger problem is outright mislabelling in the case of poor sources.

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