One Year for Pirating X-Men Origins: Wolverine
So what will pirating a movie get you? How about one year in federal prison. Gilberto Sanchez pleaded guilty in March to one count of “uploading a copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution,” that movie being X-Men Origins: Wolverine. United States District Judge Margaret M. Morrow described the offense as “extremely serious.” In addition to the one year federal prison sentence, the judge sentenced Sanchez to a year of supervised release and has also imposed “numerous computer restrictions.”
Sanchez purchased the movie on a street corner and uploaded that copy. The street vendor has not been caught or prosecuted.
Despite the leak and bad word of mouth, the movie earned $85 million it’s opening weekend and was in first place. It went on to gross $370 million worldwide. The movie saw a steep second week drop of 69% in it’s gross showing the bad word of mouth killed it’s earnings.
Good luck Sanchez in not getting picked on when the other inmates find out what you’re in jail for.