A leaked DVD screener copy of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” that popped onto torrenting sites this week has been traced back to a copy mailed to Alcon Entertainment co-CEO Andrew Kosove.
The copy was signed for by an office assistant and later shared online, where it is now circulating on multiple file-sharing sites and between 200,000 and 600,000 downloads of the film occured on the first day. Physical copies have been seen for sale on street corners in China and other markets.
The FBI and The Weinstein Co. were able to determine the source of the leak from a watermark on the DVD sent to him. Kosove is being seen as a victim in all this as well. He tells THR: “I’ve never seen this DVD. It’s never touched my hands. We’re going to do more than cooperate with the FBI. We’re going to conduct our own investigation to find out what happened.”
The print was uploaded by a group known as Hive-CM8 which claims to have screener prints of numerous major movies and are uploading them one a day over the next few weeks. So far this list has included “The Revenant,” “Brooklyn,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Peanuts Movie,” “Joy,” “Creed,” “Steve Jobs,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” and more recently “Concussion” and “The Danish Girl”.