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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    ASTROBOY, 17 Dec 2009 @ 6:37am

    Re: Broke the law?

    It's fine to say all laws should be obeyed as long as you also say all laws are good or at least well-intentioned. But we don't have to look back very far to find laws we would all gladly break today. Old laws repressing various sex acts, drinking beer, belonging to political organisations our govt detested haunt our country. When a law gets passed because a group of wealthy people virtually bribe the govt to pass it, its a real question whether that law should be obeyed or resisted. Add that the enforcers often break their own laws and laugh about it and the problem gets a lot deeper than the "Just do as you're told" mentality some folks have. If all we had to do to be happy and safe was slavishly obey each and every law to the letter, the question of "piracy" would have been answered decades ago.

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