While it may have taken longer than Hollywood would have liked, the man who illegally uploaded a workprint copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was sentenced to one year in federal prison. To date, this is one of the longest and hardest penalty handed down for Internet piracy, and no doubt has the SOPA supporters jumping up and down with delight.

“We believe this is the longest sentence ever imposed for a defendant charged with uploading a single copyrighted film to the internet,” assistant United States Attorney Lisa E. Feldman, who works with the FBI’s computer and intellectual property crimes section, told Variety.

Fox claims the movie was downloaded over 15 million times, and cost the studio millions in lost revenue.  With recent talk of the Stop Online Piracy Act, currently in discussion in Washington, D.C., and the fact that Megaupload.com was the site that Gilberto Sanchez uploaded the movie to, this is just going to add more fuel to the fire of the online piracy debate.

via Variety


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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


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