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FBI Arrests NY Man for Pirating “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”

x_men_origins_wolverine_movie_poster4By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Film pirating is serious business in California.

The latest turn in the never-ending problem came Wednesday morning when FBI agents arrested a New York man for unlawfully distributing  a pirated copy of the movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” before it was officially released in theaters.

The FBI said it  arrested Gilberto Sanchez, 47, at his home in the Bronx without incident. A federal grand jury in Los Angeles had indicted him on Dec. 10.

Authorities allege that Sanchez had uploaded  the copyrighted “X-Men Origins: Wolverine to www.Megaupload.com last spring.

“The  film was uploaded prior to its theatrical release,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller in Los Angeles. ” The investigation into the initial compromise of the film is continuing.  Additional arrests have not been ruled out.”

Uploading a copyrighted work to the Internet carries a statutory maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine or twice the
gross gain or gross loss attributable to the offense, whichever is greater, authorities said.

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