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Jeremy Weigel
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I received the following email:

Paramount Pictures has created a special [Take Action!] rewards scheme in conjunction with the U.S. theatrical release of Iron Man 2 (May 7, 2010).

In order for a theater employee to be eligible for the reward, please note the following:

1. The police must be called and a police report must be made and submitted.
2. The reward is payable to the theater employee and the on-duty manager, to where a maximum of $2,000 ($1,000 maximum per person for the employee who initially spots the camcorder and for the on-duty manager) could be awarded per incident in the US.
3. The reward will only be paid within the first 10 days of theatrical release (*may be shortened if an ample supply of camcords are available).

You must also have ALL the information filled out on the normal reports we fill out. The claim cannot be filed without all information for a reward.

Please publicize this special program with your theater managers, and let me know if you have any questions.

Anybody else receive this?

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Bobby Henderson
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The reward program might possibly be more effective if it was payable to someone who was illegally loaned a studio screener DVD. Rat out that actor or movie critic for a cool grand. It would not surprise me one bit if Iron Man 2 was uploaded to the Internet before the movie's early May release. Nevertheless the theaters would get all the blame because piracy only occurs in commercial movie theaters.
[Roll Eyes]

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Jonathan Althaus
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Get ready for the cans to be locked as well. They'll probably get unlocked an hour before your first show, if that soon.

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Mike Blakesley
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We're doing Iron Man 2 and Shrek 4 both. This'll be my first experience with Par's locked cans...wish me luck!

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James Westbrook
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We received e-mail and fax that Hot Tub Time Machine was supposed to be locked and the codes would only be available after a certain time for 48 hours.
The movie arrived in a Fox Box.
Maybe they ran out of locks and cans?

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Joe Elliott
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We received the same message for Hot Tub. Ours came in cans without a lock in sight . . .

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Phil Blake
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quote: Bobby Henderson
It would not surprise me one bit if Iron Man 2 was uploaded to the Internet before the movie's early May release.
As no cinema has taken delivery of ironman 2 as yet why do i find dozens of files for it on the bittorrent download site already?

looks like paramount has missed the crooks again .

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Mark Gulbrandsen
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You'd all better be hanging around the editing rooms or at the back door of the film lab. This is where many "screeners" escape from. Screeners are the number one piracy point for all movies, not the movie theaters themselves.


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Chris Slycord
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quote: Phil Blake
As no cinema has taken delivery of ironman 2 as yet why do i find dozens of files for it on the bittorrent download site already?
While at least one of those is probably the real deal, some people put up torrents that are fake just for the lols. I remember a friend had downloaded Superman Returns before it came out only to find the content of the file was Super Troopers.

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Paul Mayer
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Back when Dolby was doing the DCMI cinema inspection thing a few years ago (maybe they still are in some locations) they used to offer a reward to any inspector that caught a camcorder or other recording device in a theater. An unobtrusive sweep of the auditorium looking for such things was a part of the inspection checklist.

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Mike Olpin
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While someone camcordering should obviously be removed,
I wonder if anyone remembers that girl in Chicago last year who got arrested for inadvertently capturing a few seconds on her camera phone.

Remember all the negative press it generated for that theater?

Not worth it. Incentivizing ushers to become a studio police squad instead of customer service personnel is bad for business.

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Manny Montes
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heck, while cams are so rare to find now days, I'll gladly take some extra $$$ if I catch someone recording it.

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Joe Redifer
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People bring entire laptops into the auditorium all the time these days. I saw one on about a year ago or so while the movie was running. I didn't know if someone was actively pirating or not, so I informed the GM. He went in, stopped, turned around and left the auditorium. Turns out it was just a kid (who I couldn't see) playing games on the laptop while the mom or dad or whoever watched the movie. The auditorium didn't have many people in it and the GM felt it was not worth it to approach and talk to the laptop family unless someone else complained.

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Ian Parfrey
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quote: Mark Gulbrandsen
Screeners are the number one piracy point for all movies, not the movie theaters themselves.
Exactly! Mark, that is spot on.

So why is it so hard to get this through to the studios?

Surely it's a no-brainer. But I guess the studios have to be SEEN to be doing something about the scourge that is piracy.

On the other hand, bombarding patrons with that rotten "You Wouldn't Steal a Car" nag at the start of the show will only piss people off. More than one patron has said to me that it makes them feel like a criminal.

Treat people like criminals and they will act like them.

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John Wilson
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quote: Ian Parfrey
"You Wouldn't Steal a Car" nag at the start of the show
You run them?

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