Some movie houses in particularly a few that I won't name in order to not get my colleague in trouble, confiscate mobile phones at a preview screening to curb people from pirating the movie. But in this day and age of H and D quality, the question is really why the hell would anyone want to record a movie on their phone in the first place? Cory Doctorow's piece in The Guardian explains why this is dumb and that the real leaks actually come from inside the industry.

Its quite an in depth piece which talks about the levels of piracy from "Cams", which are the ones shot from corners of a theater to avoid detection to the quite clear to almost blu-ray like quality ones. And by the way, Cams are so 1999. Any reputable Bittorent site today will give you an HD quality for sure if not something that's almost as if it came out of the cutting room with a low bit render for trial and test runs.

Most pirates will skip this garbage and wait for a more legit copy, so it's not worth getting worked up about people with camcorders. Next up, the last thing to leak before the actual DVD release of the movie, is the one that's actually worth stealing: The screener.

Screeners are preview DVDs sent out to critics and others in the industry, and that's where nearly all of the leaks happen. I repeat: Leaks come from inside the industry. So maybe the MPAA should stop whining and figure out a more secure DRM system, some kind of watermark, or just a way of tracking which copy gets leaked instead of taking silly action like confiscating mobile phones. [The Guardian]