Bollywood flick Dishoom will be sent to the Censor Board in an encrypted format to avoid the movie from leaking, reports Movie Talkies. The movie will be submitted in a DCP-KDM (Digital Cinema Package) format, that usually involves a hard drive with for playback and a KDM (Key Delivery Message) that allows playback.
The DCP-KDM method is popularly used by distributors to combat piracy. The key pairs used for encryption are different for every projector, as such the KDM is transmitted separately to the projection site, that can only be used by the destination device. A KDM can also define the start and stop times for the projection, restricting the file from being played at other than the authorized times.
This move by Dishoom producers Sajid NadiadWala and Eros International comes less than a week after Rajinikanth’s latest movie Kabali was leaked online on Vimeo. However, it’s worth noting that Kabali was pre-recorded from inside a theater and not a soft print, which can be done in the case of encrypted movies as well. Additionally, Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani had denied the possibility of the movie being leaked by sources at censor board CBFC.
John Doe order: Interestingly, Dishoom producers were also in the process of getting a John Doe order from the Bombay High Court. The order seeks to direct ISPs, telecom operators and other (unnamed) platforms, to ensure Dishoom is not made available on their services. However, the movie was denied such an order by the Bombay High Court, saying “I am making it clear that I will not grant an injunction or order to block URLs that point to websites unless it is demonstrated that the entirety of the website contains, and contains only, illicit material.”
MediaNama’s take: It’s not clear how switching to the DCP-KDM format will help as most pirated releases are recorded during movie playbacks in theaters, rather than by stealing, or illegally acquiring, copies meant for screenings. Additionally, the DCP-KDM format can only be used by compatible digital cinemas, while the rest will still have to use copies of the unencrypted movie. However, the producers are likely looking to take all measures possible to prevent piracy, even if they aren’t very efficient.