Set for release in the U.S on Christmas Day, many people will now have already seen Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant after both films leaked online just days before their cinematic release.
Copies of films that studios consider as having a chance of getting an Oscar nomination are sent out on DVD to members of the Academy in the final weeks of each year but often these screeners end up in the wrong hands and are shared via torrent websites.
One such group is Hive-CM8 and accompanying its release of Tarantino’s latest film over the weekend, the group said this was just the beginning. “DVDScreener 1 of 40. Will do them all one after each other, started with the hottest title of this year. The rest will follow.”
Piracy continues to be a huge issue in film and this latest leak will just add to the growing problems that Hollywood faces.