‘Wolverine’ Pirate Gets Year in Prison21 Dec, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey
'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'
A New York man who admitted to uploading to the Internet an illegal copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine has been sentenced to a year in federal prison.
Gilberto Sanchez, 49, admitted he uploaded a workprint copy of the movie to MegaUpload.com in March 2009, a month before the film hit theaters. He then posted links to the upload on two other sites.
Sanchez also received one year of supervised release and several computer restrictions.
“The federal prison sentence handed down in this case sends a strong message of deterrence to would-be Internet pirates,” said United States attorney André Birotte Jr. “The Justice Department will pursue and prosecute persons who seek to steal the intellectual property of this nation.”
Sanchez already had been convicted for a similar offense, and prosecutors allege he had been uploading illegal films for as long as five years. Prosecutors said he showed no remorse for his actions.
“Although Fox was able to get defendant’s Wolverine workprint removed from his MegaUpload account within approximately one day, by then, the damage was done and the film had proliferated like wildfire throughout the Internet, resulting in up to millions of infringements,” court documents read.