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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2009 @ 10:12am

    Re: Re: Laws

    Because dealing with the cops is a huge, unpleasant hassle that would have gained me nothing.

    How sad for you. I have always had very good relationships with the local police and have found the experiences to be very good. They were such a huge help in a particular situation that I gave the entire police department a pizza party in thanks for their help. It is unfortunate that your experience has been negative.

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