You may recall that last April there was great chagrin at Fox when a near-perfect workprint of WOLVERINE was uploaded a full month before the film’s planned release. The world will never know how much the film’s box office was impacted by this theft, and how much was impacted by the fact it was a pretty weak movie except for the hot guy-on-guy action.
Now, after an intensive nine-month investigation, a 47-year-old Bronx man has been charged:
Gilberto Sanchez, 47, was arrested at his home at about 6 a.m., according to Ms. Eimiller. Mr. Sanchez was indicted last Thursday by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on charges of uploading the unfinished copy of the movie to a Web site, Megaupload.com, last spring.
If convicted, Mr. Sanchez faces three years in prison and a $250,000 fine or twice the gross gain or gross loss attributable to the offense, whichever is greater, according to the United States attorney’s office in Los Angeles. Lisa E. Feldman, an assistant attorney in that office’s Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes unit, will prosecute the case. She said that Mr. Sanchez had been released on bail.
Although Sanchez must face the rule of law, he looks like a patsy in this case — the file in question was traced to an Australian FX house, and that baby didn’t just fly over the Pacific. How did some schmoe from the hood get hold of a WORKPRINT, which only an insider would have access to? Did it fall off the back of a truck?
Hopefully, the hunt for the REAL criminals is ongoing. Too bad O.J. SImpson is in jail, or he could help.