FBI Arrests Wolverine Leaker; Don't You Feel Safer Now?

from the tax-dollars-at-work dept

Much of the reasoning behind Joe Biden's recent summit with entertainment industry bosses and a variety of top administration officials -- including the Attorney General and the head of the FBI -- was to "coordinate" enforcement efforts. Efforts, one assumes, like the FBI's hard work in tracking down and arresting the guy who put a pre-release version of the movie Wolverine online, even though it was lacking in special effects and final audio. As we noted at the time, there were many ways that the studio could have responded to the leak that made them look cool and would have encouraged more people to go see the real movie. Instead, 20th Century Fox went ballistic about how evil this was, and got the FBI to act as its private police force. Of course, despite how this leak "ruined" the movie, Wolverine (despite mostly dismal reviews) had a massive opening and went on to earn $180 million at the box office, significantly more than it's $130 million budget. But, of course, the movie industry is dying, and our tax payer money should be used to track down the guy who did so much "damage."

Filed Under: box office, copyright, leaks, piracy, wolverine
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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Dec 2009 @ 4:37pm

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    I would be interested to know where Mike has ever suggested that laws shouldn't be enforced. There is a difference between condemning bad law and implying that lawlessness is preferred.

    But, of course, the movie industry is dying, and our tax payer money should be used to track down the guy who did so much "damage."

    Sounds to me like he is saying that taxpayer money shouldn't have been wasted enforcing the law.

    This case is very particular, because it isn't about piracy directly, but rather about theft. The copy of the movie was stolen, either by hacking or literally leaving the building with a copy. At that point, he made his crime worse by uploading the file to megaupload so the whole world could get it.

    Mike just isn't happy because the studios are "too dumb" to profit from the free advertising. You know, the advertising they didn't choose to have, that they probably didn't want, and some dumbass from the Bronx gave them anyway?

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