The latest Hollywood anti-piracy device just arrived on film critic Carrie Rickey's desk.
A DVD player.
It's that time of the season when I start mewing around Carrie's desk, eyeing the still-in-the theater "screeners" that the movie studios send out so they can wind up on end-of-year Top 10 lists and generate Oscar buzz.
Carrie reminds me that she signs contracts, promising not to circulate the films.
Facing billions of dollars in losses a year to piracy, Hollywood has cast blame broadly, accusing critics among others of selling the "For Your Consideration" copies on Ebay or slipping them into the hands of shady characters who mass produce them.
Hollywood has a new tack for the season: The DVD of Shopgirl comes with a sticker that informs it can only be played on the SV300 Cinea DVD Player.
Which is what arrived in a slightly wet brown box this morning.
It also plays standard DVDs.
Tanya Barrientos, cynic that she is, thought fast: "Now they can sell the player AND the DVDs."
Except that the DVDs are watermarked. The DVD is probably, as well. Hell, they've probably watermarked Carrie.