MPAA: Camcording Responsible for 90% of Pirated Films

I knew that film piracy was a problem for the motion-picture industry, but I assumed that the tactics most pirates used were more sophisticated than simply sneaking a camcorder into a cinema and recording the images projected on the screen.

Apparently, though, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, 90% of pirated films worldwide are the result of camcording; and they contributed to an $18.2-billion worldwide loss for the motion-picture industry last year.

The motion-picture industry evidently has increasingly shut off sources of higher-quality bootlegs such as post-production facilities and film-marketing houses. The camcording phenomenon, however, is alive and well, and the motion-picture industry is devising new methods to counter it.

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