Hollywood has just suffered another defeat in the fight against prerelease piracy, The Wall Street Journal reported this week: American Gangster appeared on the streets and online more than a week before its theatrical release date.

americangangster.jpgThe movie is apparently ripped from a DVD, resulting in far better quality than your average hidden camera recording. Universal is denying that DVDs sent to Academy Awards members are the source, but one of the “NFO” files accompanying the online release nevertheless states: “God bless the Awards screener season.”

Of course, this wasn’t the first high-profile movie that found its way onto the Net ahead of its release, but according to the Journal, Hollywood is getting better at preventing those leaks. We wanted to know if that’s true, so we compiled a quick list of the top-grossing new releases of the last 10 weeks and their respective online appearances. Think of it as a prerelease piracy score card. Continue reading at Newteevee.com.

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