San Diego Comic Con May Introduce New Anti-Piracy Tech This Year

Monday, 11 July 2016 - 4:02PM
San Diego Comic Con
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Monday, 11 July 2016 - 4:02PM
San Diego Comic Con May Introduce New Anti-Piracy Tech This Year
Every year at SDCC, studios release content that is meant to be "exclusive," and it's inevitably leaked online and studios are forced to release a high-quality version. Now, that might be about to change, as the nerd convention might be taking drastic steps to reduce piracy this year.

While promoting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Facebook, James Gunn answered a fan's question on when we can see the first trailer and/or teaser. And while he assured fans that they would get to see footage if they were lucky enough to be in Hall H, the fans who are unable to attend the convention might have to wait significantly longer:
Opening quote
"You might see something if you're in Hall H on July 23 with me and the Marvel panel. Or if someone secretly films that – which is less likely to happen because of new technology, but I still know sometimes happens – then you'll see it right after. If not then, it will be a short while."
Closing quote

To be fair, his comments are somewhat vague, and he could just be talking about general anti-piracy policies. But from the sounds of it, SDCC will be implementing new technology that prevents piracy in some way, which many are speculating is similar to Apple's new patent that can shut down your smartphone's camera in movie theaters (first reported by The Washington Post). This seems pretty over-the-top, especially since Comic Con always encourages attendees to share pictures on social media, and considering just how many people are packed into Hall H at one time (over 6000). It's possible that there will be other anti-piracy measures, although I can't imagine what they would be.

San Diego Comic Con runs from July 20-24.
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