May 17, 2015 me_charity

Cannes’ organizers are worried about piracy problems

Everyone at Cannes got worried with the recent leak of spoilers on different social media platforms. The organizers in particular are concerned that people might share the films debuting at the Cannes Film Festival. Live streaming apps are creating concerns about sharing live footages from people’s smartphones. They may use tools like Periscope to illegally share the films debuting on the prestigious film festival.

Periscope is a live-streaming video app owned by Twitter. Previously, the first four episodes of the popular HBO TV series Games of Thrones were leaked from this online tool. HBO sent a takedown notice to Periscope after its users used the app to broadcast the fifth season premiere of Game of Thrones.

To prevent piracy, the Cannes festival does have security in place. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s just like the standard measures that you can find at almost any advanced movie screening. They have:

  • infrared cameras
  • guards
  • undercover security dispersed among the crowd

Ushers at Cannes ask people to turn off their phones before the movie begins. However, they might not be too strict about confiscating phones or tablets which are potential recording devices. Even as all the world premieres are showing, some members and attendees are busy with their smartphones. If they are not texting, they’re either tweeting or creating status updates.

Protection of copyrighted movies can be challenging. Hopefully, the aforementioned methods work and keep people from infringing original content.



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