Pirates defeating watermarks, releasing torrents of Oscar movie screeners

20 01 2015

When an incomplete and early version of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine leaked to torrent sites in 2009, Twentieth Century Fox announced that the uploader “will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“We forensically mark our content so we can identify sources that make it available or download it,” the studio said in a statement.

Nabbed by a watermark, a New York man subsequently pleaded guilty to making the movie available on Megaupload. Gilberto Sanchez was sentenced to a year in prison in 2011. A triumphant US Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said that “sentence handed down in this case sends a strong message of deterrence to would-be Internet pirates.”


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