Surprise, it’s pirates on parade
I’m pleased to see that Andy Baio at Waxy.org posted his findings on Tracking the Piracy of 2008 Oscar-Nominated Films, in which he analyzes the online presence of potential Academy Award-winning movies. This year’s 26 nominees have been added to the database he has been maintaining for seven years, so he now has tracking information on 211 titles.
Andy and his annual research project first came to my attention when I led digital media coverage for the Hollywood Reporter. One of my favorite factoids gets its spotlight moment again: the average time from the time screeners are received by Academy members to its leak online is six days.
This year, the only movie not leaked online in some form is Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married. Clint Eastwood’s Changeling was available only as a low-quality telecine transfer. The remaining 24 are downloadable in DVD quality (with Baz Luhrman’s Australia the last to turn up.)