Alleged Wolverine Digital Pirate Arrested

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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