Movie piracy "booming" in Russia

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The number of illegally recorded films in Russian cinemas is skyrocketing, cybersecurity company Group-IB reports. Nearly all films that were released this year have leaked. According to Group-IB, one particularly active group of pirates is financed by online-casinos, who advertise their logos in the videos.

Piracy is very much a worldwide phenomenon, but there are some noteworthy differences between various regions.

Earlier this year we reported that there’s a notable decrease in camcording piracy globally. However, in Russia, this trend is going in the opposite direction.

This finding was corroborated this week by the international cybersecurity outfit Group-IB. The company’s Anti-Piracy department reported that there has been a clear increase in locally camcorded movies.

In 2016 there were ‘only’ 33 Russian cinema leaks. This increased more than 500% to 211 a year later and, during the first eight months of 2018, the counter has already reached 280 leaked recordings.

“Almost every film released in 2018 has been pirated and leaked to the web. In 2017, the country’s cinemas showed 477 movies, and 211 of them were pirated, which is 6 times more than a year earlier,” Group-IB notes.

TorrentFreak reached out to Andrey Busargin, Director of Brand Protection at Group-IB, who informed us that there is an organized group of “camcording” pirates which has been very active.

“This group is financed by online-casinos, which support online-pirates as well. Online-casinos integrate their ads in the pirated copies and TV-shows in the form of logos, captioning or even as audio tracks,” Busargin says.

These pirated copies than spread across the web. As an example, Group-IB provided screenshots of ads for “Azino 777” before and during pirated movies, as well as a branded watermark, seen below.

“This scheme allows online casinos to generate leads, wherever a user watches a pirated copy and whatever ads are displayed on a website with pirated copies,” Busargin adds.
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It's true lol I've myself watched lots of movies online, off Russian sites... Pisses me off: always at the beginning you get not only the logo of an online casino, but a voice talking about the casino OVER the damn movie, for like 5 minutes :D But it's during the opening credits, to be fair, so you're not really missing any of the film itself :)

News show in 2016 shows police Russian city of in Yekaterinburg pick up a "pirate" in a local movie theater; seems he was caught on a security camera, setting up his remotely controlled recording equipment
Huge, huge issue over there... Many movies appear online no more than a day later than in the cinemas. Though, I may add, majority are horrible, from amateur pirates, shot literally with fucking cell phones, blurry, shaky, with people's heads and talking voices and whatnot in the picture, etc; I recall trying to watch one, where he would duck down, with the camera/phone/whatever he was using, periodically, I presume when a theater employee was walking through, checking for bastards like him, thus missing out whole parts of the movie :D

But there are some of decent quality too. Some, I think, are also stolen actually through the internet too, by hackers...
 
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That’s funny. I saw people record movies in Thailand theaters with cell phones / video recorders quite frequently :oops:.
Most movies sold as DVD’s were not that bad quality wise. They had a decent picture with good sound. You could walk into any music / movie store right off the street, and get any pirated movie / game you wanted.:smirk:
 
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That’s funny. I saw people record movies in Thailand theaters with cell phones / video recorders quite frequently :oops:.
Most movies sold as DVD’s were not that bad quality wise. They had a decent picture with good sound. You could walk into any music / movie store right off the street, and get any pirated movie / game you wanted.:smirk:
Funnily enough, when I moved to Moscow, at 11, in '99, for awhile, I actually caught the old school piracy back then, when guys sold movie tapes on the street

Me and some other kids actually got involved in this, we delivered boxes of these tapes from the guys who made them in this basement, to the other guys who were selling them out there. We were paid either in small bits of cash, or got to keep some of the tapes for ourselves. It was fun while it lasted. The VHS era, btw, went on a bit longer over there than here in the West. DVDs became widespread much later too lol
 
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It's true lol I've myself watched lots of movies online, off Russian sites... Pisses me off: always at the beginning you get not only the logo of an online casino, but a voice talking about the casino OVER the damn movie, for like 5 minutes :D But it's during the opening credits, to be fair, so you're not really missing any of the film itself :)

News show in 2016 shows police Russian city of in Yekaterinburg pick up a "pirate" in a local movie theater; seems he was caught on a security camera, setting up his remotely controlled recording equipment
Huge, huge issue over there... Many movies appear online no more than a day later than in the cinemas. Though, I may add, majority are horrible, from amateur pirates, shot literally with fucking cell phones, blurry, shaky, with people's heads and talking voices and whatnot in the picture, etc; I recall trying to watch one, where he would duck down, with the camera/phone/whatever he was using, periodically, I presume when a theater employee was walking through, checking for bastards like him, thus missing out whole parts of the movie :D

But there are some of decent quality too. Some, I think, are also stolen actually through the internet too, by hackers...
Hello Mr. Man:
No disrespect, but I couldn't speak intelligently on the issue of piracy (even the Caribbean kind).
However I purposefully sought you out.

I was wondering if you saw the Chernobyl mini-series, and of course get your take on it if you had.
If you already discussed this elsewhere, would you be so kind to direct me?
Sorry for the interruption of your designated topic.:(
 
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Hello Mr. Man:
No disrespect, but I couldn't speak intelligently on the issue of piracy (even the Caribbean kind).
However I purposefully sought you out.

I was wondering if you saw the Chernobyl mini-series, and of course get your take on it if you had.
If you already discussed this elsewhere, would you be so kind to direct me?
Sorry for the interruption of your designated topic.:(
I thought it was good. Great scenery, very decent acting. Can't speak to the factuality of it myself; but, for example, my cousin back in Moscow has a neighbor, old retired firefighter, who was actually there at the time, helping clean that shit up (and now suffers from various health effects from it, still; his wife and daughter have to take care of him). Apparently, he liked it... So, that's good enough for me... :)

IMHO, the way the Soviet government tried to HIDE the catastrophe afterwards was much more fucked up than the fact that they'd let it happen in first place. Accidents happen, whatever. They should have just came out with it, right away, for the good of everyone...
 
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I thought it was good. Great scenery, very decent acting. Can't speak to the factuality of it myself; but, for example, my cousin back in Moscow has a neighbor, old retired firefighter, who was actually there at the time, helping clean that shit up (and now suffers from various health effects from it, still; his wife and daughter have to take care of him). Apparently, he liked it... So, that's good enough for me... :)

IMHO, the way the Soviet government tried to HIDE the catastrophe afterwards was much more fucked up than the fact that they'd let it happen in first place. Accidents happen, whatever. They should have just came out with it, right away, for the good of everyone...
That was my takeaway as well. As I was watching the series I kept thinking that if only there had been an aggressive free press many folks now dead or stricken by cancers could have taken some measures to get away or injest iodine tabs. That part made me so sad, the preventable damage left unattended so a few dudes could maintain their dwindling control.

It gave me renewed appreciation for the western press. I never really considered a world w/out it. For all its flaws it plays a vital role in keeping our knuckleheaded leaders in check. Well, kinda...

If you liked it and are curious to know more, they produced a companion podcast. The director really immersed himself in the the subject. I listened to all of 'em via HBO On Demand. The stories range from touching to brutal. That scene when the soldiers had to exterminate the pets was taken from a real-life account and the director describes the scene (that truly happened) he had to cut from that episode b/c it was too dark.... Is it just Americans that get all gooey about puppies? I know that episode was emotionally rough on me!

Plus the review section of IMDb has a slough of stories from your former countrymen. A lot of "I knew a guy" or relative's stories and whatnot.

Thanks for taking the time to satisfy what has been a curiosity of mine for awhile. I was going to break in a couple times on different threads we shared but thought better of it! Hard to weave Chernobyl into a conversation about race, or rape or whatever the outrage-of-the-day is...:zany:

Be Well,
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That was my takeaway as well. As I was watching the series I kept thinking that if only there had been an aggressive free press many folks now dead or stricken by cancers could have taken some measures to get away or injest iodine tabs. That part made me so sad, the preventable damage left unattended so a few dudes could maintain their dwindling control.

It gave me renewed appreciation for the western press. I never really considered a world w/out it. For all its flaws it plays a vital role in keeping our knuckleheaded leaders in check. Well, kinda...

If you liked it and are curious to know more, they produced a companion podcast. The director really immersed himself in the the subject. I listened to all of 'em via HBO On Demand. The stories range from touching to brutal. That scene when the soldiers had to exterminate the pets was taken from a real-life account and the director describes the scene (that truly happened) he had to cut from that episode b/c it was too dark.... Is it just Americans that get all gooey about puppies? I know that episode was emotionally rough on me!

Plus the review section of IMDb has a slough of stories from your former countrymen. A lot of "I knew a guy" or relative's stories and whatnot.

Thanks for taking the time to satisfy what has been a curiosity of mine for awhile. I was going to break in a couple times on different threads we shared but thought better of it! Hard to weave Chernobyl into a conversation about race, or rape or whatever the outrage-of-the-day is...:zany:

Be Well,
DH
It still continues over there, such cover-ups...

Like with the submarine accident recently:
Russia accused of cover-up over lethal submarine fire - Reuters
‘Planetary catastrophe’ averted by Russian crew in burning nuclear submarine, captain says
I doubt we will ever know what really happened down there...
 
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It still continues over there, such cover-ups...

Like with the submarine accident recently:
Russia accused of cover-up over lethal submarine fire - Reuters
‘Planetary catastrophe’ averted by Russian crew in burning nuclear submarine, captain says
I doubt we will ever know what really happened down there...
yikes. I heard about a downed sub but I didn't know it was a nuclear sub. Dang. Reminds me of that scene in "Hunt for Red October" when the Ambassador has to begrudgingly admit that a Soviet nuclear sub went missing. I can't imagine what kind of cajones it takes to sign up as a submariner. Poor men. (~shudder~) R.I.P.

I was going to return the favor by sharing the story about the Spy Whale (which you probably already know about). But unfortunately that story took a dark turn since I last checked. He's now missing...Hvaldimir: OO7 Beluga Whale MIA
Dang. Hope he's alright. He was initially discovered when some tourist dropped their camera overboard and the whale popped up and gave the camera back! So he is a kind-hearted spy at least.

Oh! Just to re-wind/edit a bit on the Chernobyl bit: Yeah, the shame of the secrecy was a big takeaway, but not the biggest. The biggest was the bravery of the Russian people. Those coal miners rocked. To "volunteer" for that gig knowing you had no guarantees regarding the after-effects is just mind-blowing. And the dudes who had to do the roof clean-up. Actually, you were bombarded each episode by the massive sacrifices/risks everyday men and women took for the greater good of the community.

I learned more about Russian history b/c of this movie. If you recall the scene with the old woman who wouldn't stop milking her cow, she mentioned all the hardships she'd survived like the pogroms and the forced starvation. Heck fire, I didn't know anything about the latter. Good God. No wonder why the Ukrainians are a tough lot. They had to be to survive!
 
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yikes. I heard about a downed sub but I didn't know it was a nuclear sub. Dang. Reminds me of that scene in "Hunt for Red October" when the Ambassador has to begrudgingly admit that a Soviet nuclear sub went missing. I can't imagine what kind of cajones it takes to sign up as a submariner. Poor men. (~shudder~) R.I.P.

I was going to return the favor by sharing the story about the Spy Whale (which you probably already know about). But unfortunately that story took a dark turn since I last checked. He's now missing...Hvaldimir: OO7 Beluga Whale MIA
Dang. Hope he's alright. He was initially discovered when some tourist dropped their camera overboard and the whale popped up and gave the camera back! So he is a kind-hearted spy at least.

Oh! Just to re-wind/edit a bit on the Chernobyl bit: Yeah, the shame of the secrecy was a big takeaway, but not the biggest. The biggest was the bravery of the Russian people. Those coal miners rocked. To "volunteer" for that gig knowing you had no guarantees regarding the after-effects is just mind-blowing. And the dudes who had to do the roof clean-up. Actually, you were bombarded each episode by the massive sacrifices/risks everyday men and women took for the greater good of the community.

I learned more about Russian history b/c of this movie. If you recall the scene with the old woman who wouldn't stop milking her cow, she mentioned all the hardships she'd survived like the pogroms and the forced starvation. Heck fire, I didn't know anything about the latter. Good God. No wonder why the Ukrainians are a tough lot. They had to be to survive!
Nuclear powered submersible, actually, apparently, which is normally carried attached to a larger mother sub



All together, this is pretty much the most advanced, and most secretive underwater complex of the Russian Navy. God knows what they may have been up to, down there. The Losharik can, for example, tap into the internet cables of other countries, at the bottom of the sea, to snoop on them. Or even cut them altogether, in the event of war and such. It can do all kinds of things. I've even seen a theory that the military, in fact, actually lost a nuclear missile down there and the Losharik was sent down to retrieve it! The fact that there was an elite crew of very experienced high ranking and equally highly decorated officers on board seems to support that...

I heard about the whale too. Cute story. Hope he's ok, wherever he may be...
 
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