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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    nasch (profile), 17 Dec 2009 @ 9:18am

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    Actually, it isn't petty theft. The movie has a value of X millions. His theft is of IP worth at least that.

    Wait, I thought you said he stole a copy of the movie. Surely one copy of an unfinished movie isn't worth millions of dollars! He couldn't possibly have stolen their IP, since they still had it after he was done. I think you are confused. Or perhaps intentionally confusing the issues.

    My problem with this situation isn't even that taxpayer money was used for a stupid investigation (ok I don't like that part either). My problem is that they apparently did the investigation at the behest of the movie studio. The FBI should be determining on their own where their resources should be spent, not having it told to them by corporations.

    And their top priority should be figuring out why everyone blacked out for 137 seconds, and if it's going to happen again.

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