Movie studios target torrent users over recent leaked screeners

WIRE TELEGRAM: If you have been enjoying any of the latest leaked screeners of Hollywood movies, you may soon receive a warning notice from Hollywood studios. After more than a dozen of high quality DVD screeners were leaked online, the movie studios have sent thousands of warnings to Internet subscribers whose connections were used to share leaked DVD screeners.

The warnings have no immediate consequences for the affected subscribers but are meant to deter pirates from sharing the high profile leaks.

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Readers will remember that a movie leaking group, Hive-CM8 had promised to leak 40 high quality Hollywood movie screeners. However they stopped after releasing 14 such screeners and offered an apology to the producers.

Producers for these 14 screeners have started to issue takedown requests to various websites in the hope that this will prevent at least some people from downloading their films without permission. They are also sending takedown notices to individual BitTorrent users.

Paramount Pictures through its anti-piracy partner IP-Echelon is sending notices to websites, “We are requesting your immediate assistance in removing and disabling access to the infringing material from your network. We also ask that you ensure the user and/or IP address owner refrains from future use and sharing of Paramount materials and property,” the notice reads.

Paramount targets downloaders of DVD screeners of both The Big Short and Anomalisa. Roadshow Films uses the same messages to contact subscribers who allegedly pirated The Hateful Eight.

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