X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Pirate Headed To Jail For A Year

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Pirate Headed To Jail For A Year

While many comic book fans would argue that the creative crimes committed by this movie were worthy of sending the people behind it to jail, X-Men Origins: Wolverine pirate Gilberto Sanchez will spend a year in federal prison.

Panned by critics and fans alike, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was not a good comic book movie. Hated for its mostly abysmal interpretation of the beloved character's origin story, it also saw unrecognisable versions of such characters as Emma Frost and Deadpool. Well, the guy who decided to leak an early version of the movie online before its release back in 2009 has finally been sentenced. Here is the full press release courtesy of Deadline.

LOS ANGELES – A New York man who admitted illegally uploading to the Internet a pirated, nearly final "workprint" copy of the movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" was sentenced this afternoon to one year in federal prison.

Gilberto Sanchez, 49, who resides in The Bronx and who used screen names that were variations on "skillz," was sentenced by United States District Judge Margaret M. Morrow, who described the offense as "extremely serious." In addition to the prison term, Judge Morrow imposed one year of supervised release and numerous computer restrictions.

"The federal prison sentence handed down in this case sends a strong message of deterrence to would-be Internet pirates," said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. "The Justice Department will pursue and prosecute persons who seek to steal the intellectual property of this nation."

Sanchez "uploaded the workprint more than one month before theatrical release, he has a prior conviction for a similar offense, he had been regularly uploading pirated movies for four or five years, and did not appear remorseful after charges were brought," prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

Sanchez pleaded guilty in March to one count of uploading a copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution. When he pleaded guilty, Sanchez admitted that he uploaded a "workprint" copy of the copyrighted "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" to www.Megaupload.com in March 2009, about one month before the motion picture was released in theaters. After uploading the Wolverine movie, Sanchez publicized the upload by posting links on two publicly available websites, so that anyone who clicked on the links would have access to the movie and be able to download it. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation owns the copyright to the movie.

"Although Fox was able to get defendant’s Wolverine Workprint removed from his Megaupload account within approximately one day, by then, the damage was done and the film had proliferated like wildfire throughout the Internet, resulting in up to millions of infringements," prosecutors said in court documents.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Too harsh? Too lenient? Should director Gavin Hood be joining him jail for crimes against comic books and cinema?! Sound off with your thoughts below.

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Mrcool210 - 12/19/2011, 5:50 PM
hey he did the world a fsvour, for giving them the ability to see the shitty movie without them having to pay for it, he should be rewarded not put in jail
imnotahero - 12/19/2011, 5:52 PM
My hero. Kept me from having to see that crap in a cinema.
PaulRom - 12/19/2011, 5:54 PM
Gavin Hood should be arrested for being involved. Might as well lock up the writers too.
Nightwing09 - 12/19/2011, 5:56 PM
aRandomSinisterClone - 12/19/2011, 5:57 PM
they should give the guy a medal for warning us all early how bad the movie really was. first 20 mins rocked, rest was clownshoes. if i didnt see the bootleg i woulda went to the theater and been pissed. so a big thanx to Gilberto from the Bronx
m0th3r - 12/19/2011, 5:59 PM
A crime is a crime..and since he is not an elected official, id imagine he would face some sort of Justice. I don't condone his behavior, but turnabout is fair play. Can we sue Fox for pissing on our Childhood heroes?
gambgel - 12/19/2011, 6:01 PM
Fox should be in jail for past crimes too, not just him
grifter - 12/19/2011, 6:01 PM
Any news on a new TASM trailer?
marvel72 - 12/19/2011, 6:02 PM
after how fox & hood ruined wolverine's origin story,they should be on death row.
batmanrises - 12/19/2011, 6:03 PM
They should send Tom Rothman to jail...Worst CBM EVER. Makes Green Lantern look like The Dark Knight.
superotherside - 12/19/2011, 6:06 PM
Heh... If X-men Origins was a good film it would have made money. Look at TDK. The SM film series even most of the MCU films. They got a ton of money despite them being online. What's the real crime here? Hollywood not making enough good films. Weather you agree with it or not a bad film is not going to make money if it's online or not. A good film will make money if it's online or not. Nuff said.
golden123 - 12/19/2011, 6:11 PM
If you guys wanna watch the film then you guys should pay for it. It's simple as that. If you guys think it's going to be a bad movie then here is a tip, don't watch it. Movie making is a busines. You either buy the product and watch it or don't watch it at all. Quality is irrelevant.
batmanrises - 12/19/2011, 6:15 PM
I downloaded it AND watched it in theaters...I should've taken the hint when we got evacuated for a fire emergency in the theater. I got a couple of free passes, but still wanted my money back...
golden123 - 12/19/2011, 6:18 PM
@superotherside: "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" did make money, though. It made more money than both "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "X-Men First Class". The former was in 3D which means higher ticket prices. It made about 70 million more than it's budget. Origins is even getting a sequel. Either way, films should be paid for or not watched at all.
Joe6Pack74 - 12/19/2011, 6:21 PM
Wow, to be known for uploading that POS. He should die of embarrassment. It only goes downhill from there. 2014 he will upload the live action movie adaptation of "My Little Pony". Mark my words.
95 - 12/19/2011, 6:23 PM
Fact is, studios lose millions from people like Mr. Sanchez. Millions, people.

Exactly what @golden123 said in his first comment.
SHHH - 12/19/2011, 6:26 PM
Pirates Rule..
Deadshot - 12/19/2011, 6:36 PM
It was a shit movie anyway, the mans a hero.
Starlight - 12/19/2011, 6:37 PM
"Should director Gavin Hood be joining him jail for crimes against comic books and cinema?!" LMAO... BRAVO !
Moakynubs - 12/19/2011, 6:39 PM
Piracy is piracy.
redleaf - 12/19/2011, 6:46 PM
if you're going to do jail time for a movie, at least pick a good movie. LOL
redleaf - 12/19/2011, 6:47 PM
fox should do jail time for Origins.
BillyBatson1000 - 12/19/2011, 6:50 PM
The people who made that TURKEY should be doing time too!
tqb - 12/19/2011, 6:50 PM
so its illegal to upload movies but not download them? or both?
JackRussoff - 12/19/2011, 6:51 PM
Fox should be banned from ever touching a marvel movie without Brian Singer attached
AGENTJAY1130 - 12/19/2011, 6:55 PM
wow!!! its millions of people the pirate movies and he gets a year for this crapy movie!!! SMH!!!
AGENTJAY1130 - 12/19/2011, 6:56 PM
@ tqb Both.
superotherside - 12/19/2011, 7:05 PM
golden123 That is true. So why are they complaining. Look I'm not getting into a argument weather it's right or not. I'm just tired of hearing the studios complaining about it when it's not actually doing hardly a thing (if anything) to their box office. Think about it most people who watch a super low quality film online which is such a bother it's stupid, don't have enough money to go see the movie anyway. They won't go even IF they didn't have the online copy. But if they do have an online copy, when they do have money the probably would buy it/go to it. Besides box office earnings have been a high.


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This is where it's going people:

FightmasterNoel - 12/19/2011, 7:07 PM
Hey tho the creative crimes were terrible the dood illigally pirated the movie and that makes fox less money in turn the franchises they own they might not be able to produce,in which case we wouldnt have a chance to see another film like xmen FC. Tho there wolvie orgins was terrible they not half bad a there other xmen films and if they had to shut down we wouldnt see the deapool movie there planning on making,the fact we may have not seen deadpool done right makes this movie pirate worse than FOX in my book.
Action - 12/19/2011, 7:08 PM
that guy should go to jail for life for trying to make a copy of such a shitty movie.
Action - 12/19/2011, 7:12 PM
Who would make a copy of such a shitty movie in the first place. This movie doesn't even deserve to be talked about.
pro346 - 12/19/2011, 7:18 PM
Long live pirates Ive personally downloaded at least 500 movies and uploaded 50 the mpaa and others are always tyring to shut down sites like the pirate bay ...and it never happens!!!
croniccris - 12/19/2011, 7:19 PM
the man was trying to call out and say how much of an abomination that movie was to ol' canknuckle head!
golden123 - 12/19/2011, 7:19 PM
*[X-Men Origins: Wolverine] made about 70 million more than twice it's budget.

This is where I would of used the edit button.
pro346 - 12/19/2011, 7:23 PM
@superotherside most films are availible in bluray quality 4 weeks before the actual bluray goes retail,If its a good movie I still go to the cinema and see it though.
Tainted87 - 12/19/2011, 7:46 PM
The movie was a disgrace. Not that it matters, the law is the law but he did the world a favor.
superotherside - 12/19/2011, 7:47 PM
pro346 You still have to download it, or buffer it or what ever, then sit in front of your computer (unless you have it hooked up to your TV) and then if you want to play it in the DVD player you would have to make a DVD your self. Sure it's possible to do all those things. But in the long run it's easier to buy the DVD. Hence what I'm saying is that most people who watch movies online won't go to the theater to watch it or buy it on DVD because they don't have enough money. Because it would be stupid if a person did have enough money to go to that much trouble to do all that. :P So if you can buy the film. The buy it! :)
BigK1337 - 12/19/2011, 7:50 PM
Why does the true heroes have to be chastise as criminals? I guess there is no true justice in the world.
Fracture - 12/19/2011, 7:53 PM
So how did he get it? Hacked their computers? Someone on the inside gave it to him? He works there?
MovieTheaterLad - 12/19/2011, 8:00 PM
Quick question.

If somebody did this exact same thing for a movie that YOU all were legitimately excited to see, how would that make you feel?
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