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 @ 9:20pm

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    Ryan, theft over a certain amount, and something that may have happened over state lines pretty much makes it a federal case. While the method used to obtain the movie has not be released yet, there is good potential it was done over the internet from one state to another using some sort of hack or back door access, or was transmitted out from one state to another, again a federal case.

    The theft is the underlying and very significant part of this case, which Mike is specifically ignoring so that his scorn factor is a little higher.

    It's the funny part: Put up to answer the question, Mike would say "no, I am against theft" in the same manner that he claims to be against piracy, yet every time there is a story involving a pirating website or individual, he always comes up on the side of the pirates. Sort of amazing, isn't it?

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