Bootlegger gets 1 year in prison for illegal upload and distribution
As a college student I have been known to buy and watch bootleg movies and music, I was read the riot act by Malaika the other day who explained to me that by doing so, I was taking food straight out of a child’s mouth. Although she was being extra dramatic I understand the reasoning behind it, as myself would be upset for someone to profit from my work. Bootleg/Piracy has always been there, will always be there. I mean it is free promotion and publicity in a way. I’ve even heard artist say they don’t mind cause their music was flooding the streets, but I guess there is such thing as too much.
Well according to the AP – A New York man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for illegally uploading and distributing a copy of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” before the movie’s premiere.
Forty-nine-year-old Gilberto Sanchez was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles federal court. The judge also imposed a year of supervised release and numerous computer restrictions.
Sanchez pleaded guilty in March to one count of uploading a copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution. Prosecutors say he admitted uploading a “workprint” copy of the 2009 film about one month before it was released in theaters, then publicizing the upload on two websites.
Prosecutors said in court documents that the film proliferated like wildfire throughout the Internet, resulting in up to millions of infringements.
Sanchez has a prior conviction for a similar offense.