Fox News Fires Journalist For Bootleg Wolverine Review [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm,

wolverine6 Fox News Fires Journalist For Bootleg Wolverine Review [Updated]When you work for the bank, you should not brag that you stole their money!

The world is an odd place. Despite the letter of the law, it seems that right from wrong depends on your relativistic take on an issue these days – and there’s an amazing perceived gray area to the issue of copyright infringement. In the end, we all do what we’re going to do and then we defend our take on our behavior, regardless of what it is.

Folks have… interesting ways of looking at the world.

Then there are those in public positions who pursue the “illegal” path, admit to it, and don’t think about their actions.

When a work print of X-Men Origins: Wolverine found itself floating out on the Internet, it was big for quite a few people. Of the many thousands of folk who saw it, some just had to brag about their deed and then write a review on the work print.

One of those folks is Roger Friedman and he used to work for a subsidiary of News Corp called Fox 411. In fact he worked for FoxNews for over 10 years.

After Wolverine escaped the confines of the 20th Century Fox post production world, Friedman seemed to go on a one way trip toward destined unemployment.

For whatever reason, he bragged about the ease of how he could get a copy of any of the present box-office top-10 films from the Internet, but disk space and time seemed to be his only constraint. Friedman also wrote a review of the work print of Wolverine.

How do I put it… Oops.

Fox was publicly adamant about their position on the illegal status of their work print being uploaded, and had brought in the FBI to pursue the issue.

When Fox discovered what Friedman wrote, his bosses felt his article was a blatant promotion of piracy.

Seeing as how a Fox employee is promoting the very thing that they deemed harmful to their technological property, they took swift action. Friedman’s article was removed and he was let go from his position of 10 years.

Afterward, News Corp said

“Roger Friedman’s views in no way reflect the views of News Corporation.”

And 20th Century Fox said,

“We’ve just been made aware that Roger Friedman, a freelance columnist who writes Fox 411 on Foxnews.com – an entirely separate company from 20th Century Fox — watched on the internet and reviewed a stolen and unfinished version of ‘X-Men Orgins: Wolverine.’ This behavior is reprehensible and we condemn this act categorically — whether the review is good or bad.”

Look, like I’ve learned from my previous article on the issue, and said earlier, we all have out different perspectives on the issue of copyrighted material. But when you work for a subsidiary of the company which publicly declared the circumstances surrounding this issue to be a scandal, you’d think some level of logical reasoning should have kicked in and Friedman could have taken a slightly higher road than he did.

As it is, this would seem to be the first official casualty from this work print debacle. As we wait, we’ll find out what more the coming days have in store.

UPDATE 4/6/09

There is conjecture floating around that Roger Friedman was not fired.

His blog is still up, minus the offending Wolverine post and Friedman said in an interview with ABC news that:

“There was no action taken against me.”

Other news is that Friedman has a meeting with News Corp execs to discuss the issue.  Not sure what there is to discuss, but there’s the latest tidbit.

Sources: Cinematical, Deadline Hollywood Daily, Contact Music

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  1. So does this guy have a Twitter account, blogsite or MySpace page?

    I bet that’s gotta be entertaining.

  2. I blame Bush.

  3. @Vic

    Unfortunately some people did. Frankly, Fox have done some stupid things in the past (and continue to do them, like not supplying cinema chains with 3D glasses to go along with their 3D films), but I wouldn’t expect them to do anything as stupid as release a work print of an upcoming big budget big box office film as a publicity stunt.

  4. Wow what an idiot ! Plus now he can be chased legally for illegal downloading, at the very least he is an accessory to a crime lol what a tube !

  5. LMAO @ INK. Hey, there are people who will blame Bush if they stub their toe, haha.

  6. @Ken

    I sent him a hateful letter when a dog hurt my feelings by not letting me pet it.

    Freakin’ Bush and his warmongering, anti-dog lies.

  7. The anti-dog lies are the worst… *shakes head*

  8. 4/6/09: See the post for new and UPDATED information. – Bruce

  9. Anyone know if the review was positive or not? =p

  10. Not sure if it matters if the review was positive or not. The leaked copy was unfinished and likely, dramatically different from what we’ll see in theaters. Whether it’s good or not is neither here nor there as it doesn’t really apply to the final film.

  11. Well said Joshi.

  12. Let’s not forget Newscorp writes the news 1/5 of the time,,,

  13. Whether his review was good or bad is any one with an IQ larger than his shoe size gonna go with it?

    (I still say Sabertooth needs to be taller than Wolverine..there’s my review!)

  14. What Roger Friedman did is equivalent to a doctor openly confessing that he used a “black market” body part to put into a dying patient to save their life…..Stupid move. As for the REST of us:

    1. Have I ever seen a bootleg movie before?

    PULEEEEASE. Who HASN’T.

    2. Do I want to see “Wolverine: Origins”

    YEP.

    3. Do I want to see it bad enough to watch a bootleg (unfinished) copy of it?

    NOPE. I’ll pay my 6 bux (yep, that’s right, the matinee price at the theater I go to is a measly 6 bux, which is GOLDEN by today’s standards) when it comes out at the theater. “Kudos” to those of you that are willing to watch a movie like that without the final special effects, music, etc. Some movies are MADE to be seen on the big screen. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is one, “Iron Man 2″ is another, and so is “Wolverine: Origins”. Thanks, but no thanks, I’ll WAIT…

  15. Desolate said:
    “PULEEEEASE. Who HASN’T.”

    I haven’t, and don’t care to. One of my friends downloaded it and offered it to me if I was interested in seeing it. I simply said no, I’ll wait for the finished version, if it gets good reviews, I’ll watch it in theaters, if not, rental. Most likely rental…

    Just because you do something illegal stop assuming everyone else does to make yourself feel better about yourself. No not everyone has tried marijuana just because you haven. Simple psychology. Do something wrong very few people do, you feel guilty. Convince yourself everyone else does it too, then it’s ok. But you’re only lying to yourself.

  16. @The Desolate One

    “What Roger Friedman did is equivalent to a doctor openly confessing that he used a “black market” body part to put into a dying patient to save their life…..Stupid move.”

    Really? That’s your comparison? If some doctor had admitted to getting an organ off the black market and using it to “save someones life” I think most people would feel anger towards him. Friedman’s just a bit stupid is all.