Dec. 29th, 2011
Man Going to Prison for Pirating X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Forty-nine-year-old Gilberto Sanchez was sentenced in Los Angeles yesterday after pleading guilty to the charges against him. According to the Associated Press, “Sanchez pleaded guilty in March to one count of uploading a copyrighted work being prepared forcommercial distribution. Prosecutors say he admitted uploading a ‘workprint’ copy of the 2009 film about one month before it was released in theaters, then publicizing the upload on two websites.”Eep.
They say as a result, the film was infringed up to one million times online. The Hollywood Reporter said Sanchez “bought a copy of the 2009 Hugh Jackman superhero movie on a street corner near his home in the Bronx [and] was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Margaret Morrow, who described his actions as ‘extremely serious.’”
Sanchez was sentenced to a year in prison and a year of supervised release and numerous computer restrictions.
You might say, "I like the National Endowment for the Arts." I do. I like PBS. We subsidize PBS. Look, I'm going to stop that. I'm going to say that PBS is going to have to have advertisement. We're not going to kill Big Bird, but Big Bird is going to have advertisements, alright?Every time an educational children's show is used as a marketing tool to manipulate vulnerable youngsters, my heart swells at the beauty of capitalism.