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Actor’s Apartment Raided by FBI

Actor’s Apartment Raided by FBI

Added: Wednesday, April 27th, 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
The FBI has recently raided an apartment in Los Angeles which belongs to Wes DeSoto, an actor. FBI claims that he uploaded several award winning movies on “The Pirate Bay”. It is said that he was the first to upload The King’s Speech, Black Swan and other movies which were supposed to be released in theatres only. He uploaded them in January.

Investigations are tight and fetching out connections between Wes DeSoto and TiMPE, a well known release group whose prerelease movies are uploaded all over the p2p world including "The Pirate Bay". Thomas Brenneis, an FBI Special Agent, wrote a search warrant request to Magistrate Suzanne H. Segal of Los Angeles that they were in search for apps, programs, records, documents or any kind of material in connection with “The Pirate Bay” & “TiMPE”.

Wes DeSoto who acted in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in a small role, commented in a telephone interview that “I’m nobody in the online file sharing world. This investigation is excessive and a waste of tax dollars.” The affidavit released by FBI revealed that the bureau which is handing this case, actually started working on it in February just after a declaration by the MPAA director of content protection, Larry Hahn that someone has already uploaded 5 “feature motion pictures” on “The Pirate Bay”.


FBI said, “Each of these movies was high quality, and believed to have been movie screener versions provided to members of the Screen Actor’s Guild. Each of the movies had been released for theatrical viewing in the previous three months, before having been uploaded to thepiratebay.org, but none of the movies had been sold or distributed publicly in the DVD or video-streaming formats.”

Wes DeSoto was accused with handling “mf34inc” as his user name on “The Pirate Bay” for uploading movies. According to the affidavit, the crime committed by Wes DeSoto comes under the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 which can throw him into 3 years of imprisonment for misusing commercial distribution material and releasing it online.

It became easier for the authorities to catch this crime of Wes DeSoto when they found specialized watermarks in the screeners he uploaded online and the same proved his offence. This isn’t the only thing he did, he even distributed traceable iTunes codes to its members to use them for accessing the screener movies.

The affidavit revealed that Wes DeSoto’s uploaded movie “Black Swan” was called as “fake” in comments done by the members in the beginning but Wes DeSoto aka “mf34inc” commented “SAG now sends out iTunes download codes for screens” and “I’m a SAG member and thought I’d share these.”

Paramount Pictures had added some special identification marks in “The Fighter” screener and the same was uploaded by “mf34inc” which in result made it easier for the authorities to link him with the offence. On January 27 , “The King’s Speech”, “the Black Swan” and “127 Hours” were also found linked up with the same account of Wes DeSoto.

According to the affidavit, a Paramount Pictures contractor, Deluxe Webwatch kept on tracking “mf34inc” activities regarding uploading on “The Pirate Bay” and on the next day i.e. on January 28, they found another movie “Rabbit Hole” being uploaded. The seeder’s IP address was noted down.

Along with the subpoena, Time Warner Cable/Road Runner was being requested by the authorities to reveal the owner of the account holder whose IP address was tracked. After that authorities got the search warrant and jumped upon the apartment of Wes DeSoto where they took a desktop computer in custody. No charges filed against Wes DeSoto yet.

April 27nd,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Comments (14) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkie (2011-04-27 17:02:48)
nightlybyday avatarDamn that's a long article....passwords huh? I would have thought them fakes too, oh well thanks for sharing mf34inc (if that is your real name lol)

posted by (2011-04-27 17:16:44)
austintxut avatarThanks

posted by (2011-04-27 19:21:33)
RUkiddin avatarThere are a bunch of TiMPE torrents here on E.T. ?
So File sharing 101- Don't share membership rights from your Screen Actors Guild account and post it on line?
Also, Don't use your home PC to access your PIRATEBAY account to upload SCR's - really the PB?? The most watched site out there!
He could easily by-passed the USA trackers - FTP it to someone else outside the U.S. and let them post it? NO? LOL
Thanks for the good read! Rock ON!

posted by (2011-04-27 19:34:38)
Brynn217 avataragreed... this guy is another case of stupidity... he knew what he was doing and should have taken SOME preventative precausions... could have gone to an internet cafe and done the upload or used a vpn... and sent it to a private site.. or a friend as suggested above... Not gonna shead too much a of tear for idiots, however this guy did have a good hookup, so hopefully someone takes his place next spring...

posted by (2011-04-27 22:17:18)
trauts avatarWhat happened to the "good old days" of upp'ing to ftp dump sites .. then them moving to private ftp with i.p restrictions, then to ratio ftp etc etc etc ... simply uploading a screener to a torrent site (esp the most ON TOP torrent site on the planet!) from your own i.p country pc etc is simply being daft .. but then again if this watermarking hidden in the film did its job i guess this is what screwed him over .. are u saying all these screeners were watermarked to this guy himself? .....

posted by (2011-04-27 23:10:47)
uax4it avatarWoW! Why the only thing i upload are these nuts! i always have said u cant run from the long arm of the law anymore everything is global .Ask IceMan

posted by (2011-04-27 23:58:05)
KazzGirl avatarNow just to play Devils Advocate - Lets see if he is charged and then committed. I dont think anyone could be this stupid! Plus this guy is a member of SAG. Could it be that he was TOLD to do this (ie play a part) in order to trap other torrent users, or possibly make way to create a precedent in the US in order to get stronger court action? And whilst he is doing this he has the blessing of SAG et al. This guy is not a huge actor but he does have a lot to lose in his industry ie reputation. So maybe he was going to give up acting and this is his last role ie catch some big players, or big internet sites and get some solid convictions in the US courts. Like I said - I am playing Devils Advocate.

posted by Blocked (2011-04-27 23:59:00)
menahunie avatarI wonder what happened to ICE - remember those azzholes?
Thing is taking anon uploads wouldn't have done much good unless the screener ID marks has been removed. BUT again from your own computer? He would have been better to declare he had lost them say while riding a motorcycle. I saw the movies mentioned - CRAP.... Of course was able to "preview" them and lost no money..

posted by Blocked (2011-04-28 02:34:48)
Crashman_123 avatarTRAUTS - When the studio's watermark screeners they apply a number of DIFFERENT watermarks, or the SAME watermark in DIFFERENT LOCATIONS (lets say 10 discs/watermark), but when they DISTRIBUTE the screeners, no 2 people get the same movies from the same batch's, so with 2 movies you have a PROBABLE suspect, and with 3 or more it's positive proof.

I.E The 10 people who received Watermark 1 (WM1) for the first movie, would each receive the NEXT movie from different batches (WM1, WM2, WM3, WM4, WM5, WM6, WM7, WM8, WM9, WM10) so after the FIRST movie was posted you've narrowed your suspects to 10, and after the second you have a single suspect. (of course the numbers are undoubtedly different, but this was just en example ... there are several THOUSAND members of the SAG, so it would probably take 3 or more posts to narrow it to one person.)

posted by (2011-04-28 03:11:14)
DEMONLORD avatarlol, vpn's cost money and no one wants to pay for them anyways

posted by (2011-04-28 03:32:58)
Rockman avatarAny good free Vpn s please send pm may way about them thanks . . . good idea to use with peerblock???

posted by (2011-04-28 13:44:57)
kaminey659 avatarTHaNX FoR the NeWs EmU!!!

posted by (2011-04-28 23:28:33)
No avatardoesn't the fbi have more IMPORTANT things to be doing????jeeeez!

posted by (2011-04-29 03:02:18)
Snoop_ThuG avatar^^ LOOOOLL !!Don't Think so !
All The Questions Were Answerd ! Noting left to say..
except he's Stupid !!

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