FBI Makes Arrest In "Wolverine" Movie Piracy Case

Wed, December 16th, 2009 at 2:28pm PST | Updated: December 16th, 2009 at 2:31pm

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Kiel Phegley, Staff Writer

Last April, a comic book movie controversy swept Hollywood. But rather than centering on fidelity to source material or potential Oscar buzz, the first real news surrounding 20th Century Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" was one that hit Tinseltown where it hurts the most – in the wallet – after a pirated copy hit the internet.

Today, CNET News reports that the FBI have taken a Bronx, NY man named Gilberto Sanchez into custody on charges that he uploaded the film to download site Megaupload.com.

After a rough cut of the Hugh Jackman-starring, Gavin Hood-directed film leaked to file sharing sites nearly a month before its theatrical release, critics and commentators were abuzz with speculation on whether or not such a leak could crush a summer blockbuster's chances at the box office. While data suggests the bootlegged copy was downloaded over 4 million times, it is unknown whether or not those viewers significantly impacted the film's performance. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" opened at #1 and made $85 million its opening weekend.

As the CNET report notes, the FBI's arrest of Sanchez does not mean that, if convicted, he was necessarily responsible for the initial leak of the film out of the studio system. Further arrests may be expected in the coming days and weeks.

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