Do you remember that rant I went on back in April about the Wolverine online movie leak and later in a subsequent article, when I wrote about Roger Friedman, who worked for a subsidiary of News Corp called Fox 411 for over 10 years, who had reviewed the online work copy of Wolverine and bragged about the ease of how he could abscond with the illegal print. In fact, he bragged about how he could get a copy of any of the present box-office top-10 films from the Internet.
He was subsequently fired for his part in the process of seemingly supporting this act of copyright infringement.
Me personally, I’m not sure I’d brag about snagging something my own bosses created, but that’s old-school me. Now, Friedman is now firing back with a $5 million lawsuit.
He claims his contract was violated when he was let go after his April 2nd review of the bootleg movie.
He claims he was told that after his review was pulled, that he didn’t need to worry about his $250k a year job. Alas, that was not to be.
Friedman was let go, and News Corp stated that it had “zero tolerance for any action that encourages and promotes piracy.”
Friedman is saying that News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch invalidated their zero tolerance policy by allowing the inadvertent online release of the film.
According to Friedman’s lawyer, Martin Garbus, Murdoch had asked the studio to make him a copy of the unfinished movie and it seemed that during that process, someone made another copy for themselves.
So things aren’t as clear cut as they may seem and I am a wee bit surprised that Murdoch may actually have been part of the process that caused this whole shindig. If that’s accurate.
I guess as time moves on, we’ll discover all the nitty gritty of this situation. Wouldn’t that be a hoot if Murdoch really was part of this mess?
Sources: Variety, Deadline Hollywood Daily