Yes it turns out that some of Hollywood’s presumably most prestigious individuals, those who vote for Oscars, Golden Globes, and such movie awards are providing master copies for illegal video/DVD producers.
How do they get one? Make a cheap copy with a camera at a screening? Sneak a copy out of the post-production studio? Nope! The studios mail out high-quality DVDs, thousands of them, so the voters can watch in the comfort of their own home, rather than have to mix with the great unwashed (us) at a real theater. Some of these DVDs have now been traced as the direct source of bootleg copies. And if that’s proven in some cases, imagine how many more times it’s true but unproven.
The Motion Picture Association if America enacted a total ban on sending out review copies, that lasted all of 3 weeks before it was before being revised. Now, review copies can be sent out to Oscar voters only. That means only 5,000 copies each, of just about every Hollywood movie, will be sent out.
Home digital technology is going to destroy the industry? Bullshit. If their controls on their products are so lax, then they simply can’t believe that the problem is all that serious.