Los Angeles – A 48-year-old man who uploaded an unfinished
copy of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" to the Internet has entered a guilty
plea, and is likely to spend the rest of the year in prison, TorrentFreak
The FBI arrested Gilberto Sanchez in December 2009, alleging he
uploaded the movie to MegaUpload, a free file-hosting cyberlocker service, and
then shared links to the file on public forums.
For his part, Sanchez claims he
bought the film for $5 from a street vendor, and was not an employee at the
post-production firm working on the film, or involved with the industry at all.
Under the pertinent statute governing the unauthorized distribution of
pre-release copyrighted works, Sanchez could face a maximum of three years in
prison and a $250,000 fine.
After a months-long investigation, the FBI has made
no additional arrests in connection with the leak of the film.
(DMW previous coverage)