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A Tale of Two Leaks: What Happened to the Wolverine and New Moon Pirates?

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Cold hard justice showed up at the door of the man who leaked the Wolverine movie onto the internet this year. He was arrested. Meanwhile, a New Moon bootlegger walks free.

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THR is reporting that the man who leaked Wolverine a month before the release date has been found and arrested:

Gilberto Sanchez was arrested at his Bronx, New York home this morning and is expected to go before a magistrate judge later today on charges of violating federal copyright law. According to the FBI, the 47-year-old man was indicted by a Los Angeles federal grand jury last week. A copy of the unsealed grand jury indictment indicates that Sanchez uploaded the film to file sharing network Megaupload.com under an alias. Information on how Sanchez allegedly obtained the feature film is still yet unknown. He faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Though Wolverine was a box office smash, the studio still claims this leak caused damages.

Meanwhile, it seems that the law has been kinder to Samantha Tumpach, 22, who was charged with criminal use of a motion picture exhibition facility after she got busted recording parts of New Moon in Rosemont, IL. She got off pretty easy, seeing as she had only recorded about two scenes, and was actually taping a birthday party that was taking place inside the theater and not the actual movie itself. The New Moon scandal went straight to the top. Director Chris Weitz eventually defended Tumpach's actions.

And that's justice, Hollywood style.

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DISCUSSION

PlaidNinja
PlaidNinja

The difference is this:

A Wolverine leak might mean a viewer might potentially skip paying for the film in favor of a bootleg.

A New Moon leak means the Twihards have an extra recruiting tool. Otherwise there's no stopping them from spending their parents' money on multiple theatrical viewings.