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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > “Wolverine” Uploader May Face 3 Years Prison Sentence

“Wolverine” Uploader May Face 3 Years Prison Sentence

“Wolverine” Uploader May Face 3 Years Prison Sentence

Added: Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Gilberto Sanchez, 48, from New York, is scheduled to be sentenced in September after having pleaded guilty of uploading a copyrighted content ready for commercial distribution. This is the story of the workprint copy of the “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, which initially leaked two years ago, almost a month before its official release date.

Gilberto Sanchez pleaded guilty to infringing copyright legislation by illegally uploading unauthorized copy of the film “Wolverine” online back in 2009. The glass installer and musician residing in Bronx pleaded guilty in the country’s District Court to one count of making a copyrighted file that was ready for commercial distribution available online. As a result, now he faces a statutory maximum penalty of 3 years prison time coupled with $250,000 fine or twice the gross gain or loss attributable to the offence, depending on which is greater.

Sanchez admitted he uploaded the copyrighted movie almost 2 years ago, because soon after the movie leaked, the movie studio, 20th Century Fox, claimed that it forensically marked all its files, which meant that the source of the leak, as well as all subsequent postings, were going to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the legislation. That was the moment when the other participants of copyright-related community woke up and the MPAA and FBI sprang into action. In 8 months Gilberto Sanchez, a glass installer and musician by trade, found himself nabbed and charged by the FBI. The FBI revealed that after uploading the unauthorized copy of the film, the Defendant went further and publicized the upload by publishing links on 2 publicly available online services. This way, anyone who followed the links could access the movie and download it. We all know how strict is the copyright legislation in the US and what punishment would wait for everyone who decides to violate the law.

However, despite the accident with the leak, the “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” earned $85 million within its opening weekend, and almost $373 million worldwide. Meanwhile, Gilberto Sanchez will still be sentenced this September by the country’s District Judge Margaret Morrow.

April 14th,2011

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Date:  Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Comments (32) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-04-14 02:00:27)
Mojazz avatarOuch... That's why all I need is to wait!

posted by (2011-04-14 02:11:41)
No avatarIs there no defense fund set up for this guy? Wouldn't we all have been willing to donate?

posted by (2011-04-14 03:57:30)
Tparsons5150 avatar"You do the crime , you do the time"

But how did he get a hold of the file to start with?

posted by (2011-04-14 05:29:48)
Brynn217 avatarIts his own fault, he should never have plead guilty... if he woulda fought the charges they would have has to reveal their proof on how they knew it came from him, which they may not have been able to do in court.

posted by (2011-04-14 05:54:49)
gabfaith avatarDefense fund? Yeah, like you would have donated. He plead guilty, no defense.

posted by (2011-04-14 06:10:35)
DEMONLORD avatarshow the evidence, they probably doing that pay up or else crap which is a scam they use

posted by (2011-04-14 06:39:04)
evilmother avatari bet thes movie studios up a lot of there stuff just to bust ppl to get more money

posted by (2011-04-14 11:50:42)
No avatarthis is bull!! why should he have to pay a cent ??? they make enough money of the movie as it is, GREED. if ppl like the movie they will buy it. if it is garbage they wont. why should we have to pay money for something that isnt even worth a mention. this was a good movie, so the upload obviously didnt effect how much money it brought in. they need to see things with abit of common sense, i hate how the system works. HATE it !

posted by (2011-04-14 12:55:10)
madwiggyNLD avatarthey just make a example of him thats all , so others think more the 1 time to do the same stunt he did .
tnkx For the read

posted by (2011-04-14 16:43:16)
TheFearAgenda avatarHow did a glass guy / musician end up with a workprint of a movie?? There's some BS going on here. No one would have pled guilty to this crap. There's more to this story I'm sure.

posted by (2011-04-14 16:46:11)
RUkiddin avatarCurious, where did he get it from? was he the first up-loader? Never admit to it, make them prove it? Also it wasn't the official release, so a version striped of final effects is being claimed as the Copyrighted version? Did he post the FULL DVD as an ISO file? How does anyone post anything if it's all copyrighted? Sounds like bragging rights got him busted??

posted by (2011-04-14 19:08:50)
trauts avatarAs I recall this workprint had some of the CGI Special effects etc missing so I thought it must have been obtained somewhere between the studio sending it to prob an outside company who was dealing with cgi etc? seems a bit strange how this guy got it but could be a case of a friend of a friend ... then again its suprising how many companies leave stuff lying around for "the cleaner" to take etc ... no matter how they will never stop this kinda thing, which is nice

posted by Blocked (2011-04-15 00:01:40)
menahunie avatarRemember the movie? Final Fantasy? I do and I know of someone who got work prints just by dumpster diving the location where the movie was being worked on. They found a number of DVD's in it with the movie on them being worked on.

This guy is no innocent since he has a previous criminal record.

Most likely he copped the plea due to his lawyer; you know those parasites that supposed to represent you? Yet they take your money then talk you into pleading since it is the better way for you?

posted by (2011-04-15 02:55:01)
IDontHave1 avatarI remember this Workprint it was the one B4 all the Blue screen can CGI was done. Sorry to hear he is going to jail

posted by Turtle (2011-04-15 05:51:00)
julio99 avatarThis is definitely to put a scare into people in the good 'ol United States of Doing Time! This guy will probably get hammered so hard come sentencing time and it'll strictly be to send a message to other uploaders. I don't know where you guys in the states get the stones to download movies. It's like that show Mantracker down there with the ICE guys chasing all the movie and music downloaders around. Give it a rest.

posted by (2011-04-15 08:56:00)
No avatarhe got caught for a shitty quality movie and the end to see who were the actors they showed the list of xman 2 or sumthing the one with halle berry i remember cuz i saw this version at my friends house and we both were like wtf?!?! that man shooting bullets with his thumbs?? while in fact the were supposed to be two guns in his hands lol anyways the man pleaded guilty so i wouldnt lay my money down to save him for a movie he brought out under shitty conditions

posted by (2011-04-15 10:39:51)
No avatarI love how none of you can speak proper English.

posted by ET lovermen (2011-04-15 11:52:27)
brods73 avatari remember this film file missing CGI bits it was rubbish and spoiled..and thats why it never made any difference on its opening weekend..and @jerseyboy086 you sound like a snob half of these people are probably not english

posted by (2011-04-15 16:50:48)
wylde avatarI loved it and was wrapped. I couldn't care less about the cgi. @ 16 ADHD - Well the screener we got was about 9 months earlier than we should have got it. Geez some of you are ungreatful. Go back to being 14 and jerking of to Meg on Family Guy.

posted by (2011-04-15 22:24:37)
No avatarIts called a honeypot sting, the prod company releases the Work print copy, someone grabs it and uploads it. Then they nab him as an example. I'm sure if this guy fought it he may have made out far better, then again a legal defense is not cheap.

posted by (2011-04-16 01:08:40)
NoelMyMan avatarEntrapment is what it's called.

posted by Turtle (2011-04-16 02:53:14)
ndbubbles avatarthat is total BS gettin sentanced for a film that old. there goin to wreck his life for such a small crime! 3years jail time costs money so they might aswell cut there loses and let him go idiots. plus.. some one must have got hold of it in the first place for him to put it on the web.. he is not the only guilty party in all this.

posted by (2011-04-16 03:36:20)
uax4it avatarThis came out in last weeks paper he said he bought the bootleg copy off an Asian dude on the street.if u visit new York u will see that they even display the movies on vending tables police walk right pass them and do nothing so that means the Asians are paying people to look the other way.He was caught because he uploaded it to a shitty torrent sight and the f.b.i. track his ip. he was not hit for downloading he was hit for uploading.with no seed box,vpn,or proxy. Rookie he will do jail time....

posted by Blocked (2011-04-16 07:24:46)
Onyx521 avatarWe need to come together family. This cat needs our help and we are family here are we not. I don't think a pound as in $5.00 a piece would hurt. This dude is getting railroaded. If he needs help for a legal defense then lets help. Right now we're talking loud and saying nothing! Lets do something.

posted by (2011-04-17 13:24:22)
No avatarEveryone knows who puts out the films online, it is the movie company them selfs.3 times a year they do that coz they wanna see how much money they can get buy prosecuting people that downloading movie that them self are sharing.2010 was a record year for movie ticket sales, about 55.5 billion dollars, and not counting the DVD/games sales that are even more and double that amount. But hey let's put more guys in gail that will solve the problem.Wonder if Brad Pitt,Damon, Clooney,Stallone would do movies if the where paid a normal amount let´s say 4000dollars a months,and not 40million a picture.....hmmm no il think they do something else then.

posted by (2011-04-17 15:27:23)
crackruckles avatarI agree with wishmasterboy in 2010 all the major record and production companies made record profits and yet they still go after the little guy i mean if the actors got paid a normal amount then they could charge less in the cinema's and for there DVDs and people might stop pirating because they wont feel as ripped off like we do at the moment. I mean im from Australia and the only reason i pirate stuff is because it takes half a year for most tv episodes, games and movies to even get to us.

posted by (2011-04-17 20:41:16)
No avatarHe broke the law, he got caught, he's going to jail. That's how the world works. Everyone bitching about "the companies are greedy, they have too much money, etc." are idiots that try to justify piracy. We all download copyrighted materials, but don't try to say it's not a crime.

posted by (2011-04-18 01:40:38)
No avatarThanks Soxfan93 for that riveting description of things nobody knew before you told us!!! (eyes roll) Before you assume that everyone is trying to justify piracy, why don't you look at how movie companies justify charging outlandish fees only some could afford to pay, and justifying paying 40million a movie to top box office drawing stars. If a doctor who saves lives makes less than 1% that an actor makes for reading a script and looking cool, there is something severely wrong with the way the world works. We allowed it to get this way, and its up to us to tip the balance back to a fair and just system. Piracy is one of the only ways we as lowly minion consumers can take a tiny bite out of the injustice. It's not a crime, the law states that any laws which are unjust and go against the very fiber of your being are unconstitutional and are therefore not laws at all. The problem is that the consumers who have been ripped off repeatedly by the industry are living in fear and dont think they have the power to stand up.

posted by (2011-04-18 14:35:57)
eFeX avatari second the motion to that "cremp"! i really dont understand why showbusiness went that far...far beyond greediness, far beyond what is enough... and sadly, we are part of the imbalance maker. I pity the person...

posted by (2011-04-18 20:51:50)
No avatarhi guys don`t you think the judge should do her home work and send this man home with free tickets to the movies for life
the amount of people that watched the upload and then went to the pic`s

posted by (2011-04-19 00:08:51)
No avatarShow business is a multi-billion dollar industry. Actors are paid a percentage of that. That is what causes outlandish salaries for (in this case) Hugh Jackman, or Tom Cruise, or Will Smith. The same applies to the NFL and its' players. Is health care a multi-billion dollar industry? Not really, no, as it's run a completely different way. In addition to that, the principle of Supply and Demand. There are far fewer top actors than there are doctors. I could go on and on.

posted by (2011-04-19 23:05:06)
No avatar'Show business is a multi-billion dollar industry' - Because our priorities are out of whack and we continually support these salaries by having huge dvd collections.
'Actors are paid a percentage of that' No Really? I had no idea...
'Is health care a multi-billion dollar industry?' The question isn't weather or not it is, it's should it be?, and the answer is a resounding YES.

'In addition to that, the principle of Supply and Demand. There are far fewer top actors than there are doctors.' Not true, Hollywood just chooses to employ fewer actors for fear off losing money on someone who is not a sure thing, go to Starbucks and you'll meet a few of em, and this isn't about top people, it's about the industries as a whole. Some no name actor can make 10,000$ just for muttering 2 lines in a crappy movie, while a doctor in some little clinic down the road is making that in a month and a half of valuable service.

I think you're confused as to what my argument is about. It's not about misunderstanding the reasons why things have become this way, it's about not understanding people like you who spend your time defending an unfair and unjust system, whilst treating people who voice the need for change like idiots who just dont understand. We understand plenty, and we are slowly awakening to the idea that we as consumers created this monster, and we are also the ones who can kill it simply by refusing to spend anymore of our hard earned money which we traded our valuable time for, on slapped together "entertainment" just because it has a well known actor or cool effects. We've all been ripped off before by media thats best moments were found in a 30second preview, now we have a way to make sure that only the films that deserve our money will get it, if only everyone used it.

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