The Verge reports: “Every year, awards season in Hollywood is foreshadowed by its illegal relation: screener season. This is the time when pirated copies of DVD screeners (mailed to industry insiders ahead of the Oscars and Golden Globes) begin to show up online. Last year saw a glut of screeners hit the internet before Christmas, but 2016 / 2017 is quiet by comparison, with just five DVD screeners currently circulating online. Pirated copies of Arrival, Moonlight, La La Land, Patriots Day, and Fences are all available. As usual, these torrents are tagged “DVDScr” and have much higher quality than other early leaks (often recorded using handheld cameras). This is slow going for screener season, with the 2015 / 2016 period seeing dozens of high-quality copies of films published by a single group (HIVE-CM8) before the end of the year.”

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