Alleged Wolverine Digital Pirate Arrested

Published 5 years ago by , Updated December 17th, 2009 at 9:18 am,

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When the pirated version X-Men Origins: Wolverine hit the internet, everyone was ablaze with insights and opinions on the situation.  There were even reports that Murdoch himself was part of the problem by requesting a private copy of the film.  Quite the slew of events took place in relation to this event including a Fox journalist getting fired for reviewing the illegal version of the film.

And I’m not even going to touch on the piracy debates that ensued back then.  For right or wrong, it was a great debate.

On Wednesday, it was reported that the FBI made an arrest in the case of a New York man by the name of Gilberto Sanchez.

The Grand Jury charge:

Gilberto Sanchez did willfully infringe the copyright of a copyrighted work by the distribution of a work being prepared for commercial distribution, by making the motionpicture X-Men Origins: Wolverine available on [website], a computer network accessible to members of the public, when he knew and should have known that the work was intended for commercial distribution.

Mr. Sanchez was arrested without incident.

If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Or twice the gross gain or gross loss attributable to the offense.

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As far as the controversy on our two piracy articles go, there was no accurate (legal) consensus as far as who is right or wrong.  In these illegal scenarios the end user has a lot, if not too much impunity in the situation.  But that’s neither here nor there.

As far as being the party responsible for the deed of uploading a stolen piece of work and making the illegal viewing possible, ouch.  That’s gotta hurt.  I hope it was worth it for him.

Source:  Deadline Hollywood

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  1. Me being “closed minded” and sometimes seeing what I want to see…. I get this from the article..

    “Gilberto Sanchez did willfully infringe the copyright of a copyrighted work by the distribution of a work being prepared for commercial distribution,”

    So he got in trouble for “releasing” it before it was supposed to be released or ready for release… :D

  2. I am glad to see justice being served when it comes to copyright laws. I write poetry and have found some of my writings on other sites with someone else taking credit. I was able to get the work removed but was unable to bring the people to trial. Thanks for sharing this news on your site.

  3. I wonder how he was connected to the film in a way that he could get his hands on it.

  4. Oh no, here we go…

  5. Totally agree GK333, I’m amused how many people (not just on SR) have already tried and convicted this guy.

    Fox will have a hard time proving there losses, and I can’t wait to hear how this guy obtained a workprint copy.

    Sadly this case will probably be used by the MSM to propagandize hype over the new Copyright laws coming up for debate.
    (There are no coincidences)

  6. @ 790

    Only synchronicities lining up like dominos for the mega-corps to knock over and take what ever they want.

  7. Judging by the weird coloring on that Simpsons picture, it it my humble opinion that that is taken from a camcorder version of the film.

    I find this hilarious.