iTunes Screeners Have Traceable Watermarks, FBI Raids Uploader's Apartment

iTunes Screeners Have Traceable Watermarks, FBI Raids Uploader's Apartment

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Traceable watermarks inserted into Screen Actors Guild movie screeners distributed via iTunes have been used by the FBI to identify an individual who was ripping the screeners and sharing them online, according to Wired.

Wes DeSoto is suspected of using the Pirate Bay handle mf34inc to upload the The King’s Speech, Black Swan, and numerous other titles.

The authorities pinpointed DeSoto as the alleged culprit, because the screeners he viewed contained unique watermarks. What’s more, the guild had snail-mailed traceable iTunes codes to its members, who could use the code to access the screener movies.

Deluxe Webwatch monitored the Pirate Bay for uploads from mf34inc and while Rabbit Hole was being uploaded they captured the IP address of the seeder. Time Warner Cable–Road Runner was then subpoenaed to reveal the account-holder and a warrant was obtained to search the premises.

Under the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 it is a crime, punishable by up to three years in prison, to release a work online that is "being prepared for commercial distribution."

Read More [via 9to5Mac]

iTunes Screeners Have Traceable Watermarks, FBI Raids Uploader's Apartment
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Coose - April 26, 2011 at 9:42am
Lol, the $$ for the law enforcement isn't pointed towards the drug dealers, rapist, ect. It's pointed towards where the rich are losing $$. Sucks for this guy, but this is a drop in the pool. The general public is buying in to piracy as they have been &^@$ in the ass for years by the Writer's Guild (and many others). I think people have just had enough. Perhaps it wouldn't be this way if they would only release good quality movies that people didn't walk away from feeling like they got screwed again, instead there's 98% garbage for movie releases with misleading trailers. I don't condone stealing, but how else can you tell these pompous pricks that you've had enough of their gouging and pocket patting of their 'in crowd'?