Hunting Ghost No. 1 – China’s Three Year Quest to Take Down The Most Sophisticated Movie Piracy Ring Ever
June 6, 2019
By Patrick von Sychowski
“(S)omewhere in China, digital cinema projection server No. A15591 was letting pirates make pristine HD copies the very same day new releases opened in cinemas. The piracy tracking team of China’s Central Propaganda Department’s Film Technology Quality Inspection Institute even had a nick-name for the server: Ghost No. 1. It was their job to find it – and stop it. This is the story of their three-year battle to take down the greatest film piracy ring to ever operate in China.”
Why it matters: Individual pirates can have nation-level impact. Tracking them down and stropping them takes collaboration between detectives, governments, distributors and content owners.