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Oscar voter`s screener of `Quantum of Solace` leaked on the Web

16-Dec-2008 • Quantum Of Solace

The LA Times has learned from several sources that a copy of an Oscars voter's DVD screener of "Quantum of Solace" has been leaked on the Internet. When they asked a spokesman for Sony / Columbia Pictures for comment, she replied, "We do not comment on these situations. We refer them to proper authorities for investigation."

The paper telephoned the Oscars' press office early this morning to ask for a response to these reports. A rep promised to get back to them soon, but no one replied by the end of business day.

"Quantum of Solace" was shipped to voters around the third week of November. Reportedly, it was the DVD screener of a female academy member that was leaked on the Web, but it's not known if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences or legal authorities are prosecuting her or if her academy membership has been revoked.

Back in 2004, the academy expelled actor Carmine Caridi after accusing him of participating in the piracy of his DVD screeners of "Something's Gotta Give," "The Last Samurai," "Mystic River," "Big Fish" and "Master and Commander." The FBI charged Russell William Sprague of Illinois — to whom Caridi FedExed his academy screeners, which appeared on the Web soon afterward — with criminal copyright infringement.

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