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We recently reported that studios had begun marking single frames of theatrically released film prints with patterns of dots to encourage people to record the movies. The dots are visible, briefly, in such recent movies as Kill Bill and Elf. The idea behind the so-called "clap code" is that if secret messages are encoded in a movie, people will be more likely to try to capture the film on video and take it home where they can pore over it frame by frame to decipher the hidden missive. The industry is hopeful that this will create an interest in sharing digitized movies; since each print has a unique message, fans will want to collect all of them. However, we also reported that the dots are often in the shape of a studio executive's head, which we've discovered is false. The dots are arranged into many different shapes, none of them heads, so far as we can tell. The dots themselves are round. We apologize for the error.
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