1/9/2006

DRM keeps Spielberg’s Munich out of award-voters’ hands

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 3:17 pm

Steven Spielberg will most likely not get any nomination for the BAFTA (British Film Academy) awards for “Munich” because of a massive DRM cock-up. BAFTA’s 3,000+ members were sent encrypted ’screener’ DVDs that can only be played on special DVD players supplied by Cinea (www.cinea.com - a Dolby subsidiary). First the DVDs were held up by UK customs, thereby missing the first round voting deadline. But when they arrived, they would not play on any machine because they had been mastered for Region 1 (North America). As BAFTA members are cannot vote for films they have not seen and only a handful of preview screenings have been held, the film ought to be disqualified from consideration.

Source: boingboing

 

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