In the wake of the glitz and glam of the Oscars last weekend, all attention was turned to stars of the latest Star Wars offering, ‘The Force Awakens’. And while most were concerned with the fashion, the accolades, and subsequent winners of this pivotal event in the film industry calendar, I couldn’t help but cast my mind to an earlier saga that has somewhat slipped into the ‘moments in film’ archives.
What I am in fact alluding to is the ill-fated release of a much earlier episode of the Star Wars franchise. For ‘Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ befell a fate that still to this day poses a real fear for film professionals around the world: a breach and leak. One of the biggest films of 2005 had been released into the World Wide Web two weeks ahead of its scheduled release – not only undermining the creative efforts of all involved but testing the fans’ ability to resist viewing temptation. You could quite literally feel the force.
But why is this of note? Well, quite simply, in the world of software licensing, a war between good and evil is still being waged every day, occurring in a galaxy that is far too close to home.