Los Angeles
– A copy of Academy Award-nominated movie "Avatar" has been uploaded to
file-sharing networks, TorrentFreak reported. Nominees were announced earlier
this week, and one of the "screener" DVDs typically sent to Academy
members who vote on the Oscars is thought to have been posted online.

TorrentFreak noted that a lower-quality copy of the film that has been available on file-sharing networks for over a month has been downloaded over two million times.

Back in
2005, an Academy member was expelled for turning over his screener DVDs to
another man who posted them online.

The uploader was ordered to pay over $300,000
in damages, but was found dead in his jail cell while awaiting sentencing; he
could have faced up to three years in prison.


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