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Three pirates arrested for sharing Oscar screeners

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 Feb 2009 0:14 User comments (13)

Three pirates arrested for sharing Oscar screeners Three men from California have been arrested and charged with sharing or uploading unauthorized movies, notably the Oscar screeners for "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Australia."
According to the FBI, Jack Yates of Porter Ranch, California, was an employee at Los Angeles Duplication & Broadcasting (LADB) where he was told to make a DVD copy of the "Love Guru" for Jay Leno to show clips of on his show.

Footage from the LADB shows Yates making two copies, then concealing the second one and taking it to his car. The then passed the copy on to someone who uploaded it on June 19th, one day before its theatrical release.

Yates is also accused of lying to the FBI which carries up to a five year jail sentence. The pirating of the movie can earn him up to one year in prison.

In the other cases, Derek Hawthorne is accused of uploading both "Benjamin Button" and "Australia" to the semi-private torrent tracker Demonoid and Owen Moody is accused of uploading "Slumdog" to the public tracker The Pirate Bay.

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13 user comments

124.2.2009 1:05

well... they were caught before they even watch it. Nothing illegal happen then.

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224.2.2009 4:51

Originally posted by DTN107:
well... they were caught before they even watch it. Nothing illegal happen then.
I don't think this matters. The fact that they make it publicly available without owning the copyrights to said work is illegal.

324.2.2009 8:45

"Love Guru" was a crime.

424.2.2009 10:36

Stop the presses!

Quote:
According to the FBI, Jack Yates of Porter Ranch, California, was an employee at Los Angeles Duplication & Broadcasting (LADB) where he was told to make a DVD copy of the "Love Guru" for Jay Leno to show clips of on his show.
His employer TOLD HIM to bypass the DVD encryption? Or did LADB have the masters for pressing? Does LADB have the right to distribute as many copies as seen fit? Other than video surveillance, you would think they could track the amount of copies floating around by other means.

524.2.2009 10:42

^ you can make as many "backup" copies as you want of your own dvds, dont let the stupid tv tell you otherwise.

this wasnt his dvd though, but im sure his encoding studio had the right to cut up the screener, it was for freakin the tonight show.

624.2.2009 12:52

Originally posted by ElTwo:
"Love Guru" was a crime.


I concur

724.2.2009 21:01
jony218
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5 years for lying to the FBI... What criminal is going to tell the truth? If this is true, then everyone in prison should get an extra 5 years added to there sentence.

If he had told the truth he would have been arrested on the spot. A typical "catch 22" conundrum.

I do agree on one thing though, the "love guru" is the real crime here.

825.2.2009 5:08

Quote:
Originally posted by ElTwo:
"Love Guru" was a crime.


I concur
I also concur, move and carry the notion of the right honorable gentleman

925.2.2009 6:53

woo I sure feel a LOT safer now knowing the FBI is spending my tax dollars arresting such violent criminals (SARCASM)

1025.2.2009 8:29
vballstud
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Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by ElTwo:
"Love Guru" was a crime.


I concur
I also concur, move and carry the notion of the right honorable gentleman
Well... Jessica Alba was in the movie, so it wasn't a total crime.

1125.2.2009 12:31

Originally posted by leonle:
I also concur piracy should be stopped.
Not sure who your concuring with were calling love guru a crime, we failed to express our views on piracy.

1225.2.2009 23:55
Nbj
Inactive

Originally posted by leonle:
I also concur piracy should be stopped.
quit trolling! hah

1327.2.2009 10:41
ericg8
Inactive

If I had a business, and one of my employees stole the valuable property of one of my large customers causing him financial loss and threatening our future business relationship, then yes, I would want that employee caught, charged, and convicted.

As for copying the movie for Jay Leno, that was authorized at the direction of the copyright owner. No crime there.

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