Los Angeles – The FBI has conducted a raid on the Los
Angeles apartment of a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) member believed to have
uploaded films including "The King’s Speech" and "Black
Swan" to file-sharing service The Pirate Bay, Wired.com reported. The FBI
is reportedly looking into a possible link between SAG member Wes DeSoto and
TiMPE, a group known for uploading movies still showing in theaters to The
Pirate Bay — although no charges have yet been filed.
"I’m nobody in the
online file sharing world. This investigation is excessive and a waste of tax
dollars," DeSoto told Wired.com.
Court documents obtained by Wired.com
note that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) alerted the FBI to
the fact that screener-quality films were being uploaded to file-sharing
The FBI then used unique watermarks embedded in the films to track
the uploads to who they believe is DeSoto.