FBI nabs ‘Wolverine’ pirate
Friday 18th December

After a nine-month hunt, FBI agents arrested a man suspected of posting an unfinished version of the 20th Century Fox movie ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ on the Internet before it was released in cinemas.

But the investigation into the source of the piracy, to find out who actually took the copy of the movie from the studio, is continuing and more arrests are possible, according to Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman.

Gilberto Sanchez was indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on charges of uploading the unfinished copy of the movie to a Web site, Megaupload.com, earlier in 2009. If convicted, Sanchez faces three years in prison and a $250,000 fine or twice the gross gain or gross loss attributable to the offence, whichever is greater, according to the United States attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

The unfinished version of ‘Wolverine’ was leaked to the Internet on March 31st. Within hours, the $150 million movie, scheduled to open on May 1st, had been watched by thousands of people online, setting off a panic inside Fox about the potential effect on box-office receipts. Fox estimated that in total, the file was downloaded 15 million times.

(Source: ATV's News Archive)