Ellen Degeneres: Pirate Enabler? Her Watermarked Copy Of 'Walter Mitty' Leaks Online

from the who-knew? dept

Each year, Andy Baio tracks the online leaking of various screeners for Oscar-nominated films. He apparently just noticed something interesting. On Thursday, a screener for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the new Ben Stiller flick, leaked online. That happens. But, there appears to be a massive watermark indicating that the screener copy belonged to talk show star Ellen Degeneres.
Baio notes the likely possibilities:
There's a chance, albeit small, that this watermark was added by someone besides 20th Century Fox — by someone trying to hide the identity of the actual source, maybe.

More likely, the watermark is accurate and Ellen's screener simply ended up in the wrong hands. A postal worker, one of her employees, friend, family member, or countless others in the production and distribution chain could be responsible for ripping the DVD and putting it online.
Indeed, one of those possibilities is the most likely answer, as it's extremely doubtful that Degeneres herself suddenly decided to make a bit of a name for herself in the warez scene. Either way, I'm sure that 20th Century Fox and/or the MPAA enforcement division of the local FBI can now more easily track down the history of how this all got online. I'm sure that large sums of money will be spent tracking it down... without anyone stopping to think that the fact that this is online is unlikely to make even the slightest difference in the eventual revenue for the film, which currently has a 48% approval rating on RottenTomatoes. The film was going to leak online sooner or later no matter what. Does it really matter where it came from?

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  1. identicon
    Just Sayin', 10 Jan 2014 @ 5:18pm

    Re: Yes, actually, it does matter

    "It matters because this will be yet another case showcasing how 'piracy' is only something bad enough to ruin a life over when someone 'small' does it, but not even a blip on the radar when someone big or 'important' does it."

    Another conclusion not supported by the situation.

    Aside from knowing that this was a copy specifically sent to Ellen, we have no idea if (a) she ever got it, (b) if it came from her copy and not a duplicate made at the time it was created, and (c) perhaps one or more of the people who might have access to her material borrowed it.

    See, piracy apologists always want to be able to say "SODDI" - some other dude did it. They blame weak wireless standards, friend who paid a visit, the neighbor's kids, their own kids, whatever excuse that you can come up with. "The dog clicked my mouse on the porn video, he thought that b**ches in heat was about dogs!". Everything comes with an excuse.

    Perhaps you should apply your own fuzzy, weak, and never responsible standards to Ellen. By your standards, she's a victim, not a responsible party.

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