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Man Who Pirated ‘Fast & Furious’ Movie Gets Almost 3 Years

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  1. SquirlyNutz

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    This guy is an idiot. Is punishment too severe ?



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    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/man-who-pirated-fast-furious-movie-gets-almost-3-95732715549.html

    (Universal Pictures)

    A computer programmer who filmed Fast & Furious 6 from the back of a cinema and then uploaded it to the Internet has been jailed for almost three years.

    The pirated copy of the film was downloaded 779,000 times, costing one of Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers more than $4 million.
    Philip Danks, 25, from Walsall, West Midlands, was the first person in the world to record and distribute the movie illegally after filming it on its release day on May 17 last year.

    A court heard that a special “webwatch” team — set up by L.A.-based Universal Pictures because the film was so valuable — spotted his copy spreading across the Internet.

    He was caught when fraud investigators noticed that his online tag “Thecod3r” attached on the video was identical to his profile on dating website Plenty of Fish.

    He was arrested at his home on May 23.

    Two days later, he bragged on Facebook: “Seven billion people and I was the first. F*** you Universal Pictures.”

    On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to three charges of distributing pirate copies of films and was jailed for 33 months.
    The court heard that he made just £1,000 (about $1,650) from selling copies of the film for £1.50 ($2.50) — while the cost to Universal was estimated at £2.3m ($4.1 million).

    Sentencing Recorder Keith Raynor said: “This was bold, arrogant and cocksure offending. Your approach to the film industry was made clear in the posting you made on Facebook two days after your arrest. I accept the personal profit was modest, but the real seriousness of this case is the loss caused to the film industry as a whole.”

    Prosecuting on behalf of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, Ari Alibhai said: “The film was Universal Picture’s most significant release of that year, with both the biggest production costs and expected revenue. The estimated loss to the industry caused by the defendant’s actions is conservatively estimated at £2.3m, but he did not receive money from the online distribution.”

    The court heard that although he made money from selling versions of his copy via Facebook or by personal delivery his real motive was “street cred.”

    Alibhai added: “The first person with a pirated version attracts much kudos. He wanted recognition from the community.”
    Christopher Loach, defending, said: “He has no real qualifications and is not a man of means. He has no substantial assets of any sort, and his financial gain has been extremely limited but he was obviously aware that it was a popular film that would be of interest.”

    Following his arrest, Danks was freed on police bail pending further inquirIes but continued to offer a dozen films he had copied.
    Danks kept people posted on the case through Facebook — but while awaiting sentence he conceded: “Not loking (sic) good.”
     
  2. DTZNL

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    If you're this stupid, you need a punishment like this to realize how dumb you are.
     
  3. godspeed007

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    In spite of being a dumb, this guy got some serious balls - I must admit that !!!
     
  4. Christian B

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    Hello,

    he deserves his punishment:
    - bad taste (fast and furious 6!)
    - My cat is smarter than him: when it does something wrong, it does not come brag to me
    - he only made 1650 dollars!
     
  5. The Gray Fox

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    He probably made a lot more than $1650. I'd assume he would say he made the least he could.
     
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    These estimated costs are bullshit, the people that buy the pirated versions most of the time won't even consider paying to legitimately watch a movie.
     
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  7. RafaViQ

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    With 779,000 downloads,he only got 1650 dollars? I don't think so.He will have some good money waiting for him when he gets out of jail.It's just my opinion.
     
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    If your epc would be $0.08 (was average 2 years ago for movie niche) you would get over $60k by content locking the movie.
     
  9. deltonb44

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    why do they say the he made them loose so much. to be honest people that downloaded that movie from him wouldn't have went to watch the movies in the theaters in the first place.

    they're 2 types of people.
    1. people who watch movies in the theaters
    2. people who watch movies online
     
  10. GreyWolf

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    The number of downloads is irrelevant, most of those were probably free downloads on torrent sites. As previously mentioned he probably understated his earnings, but it probably wasn't anything substantial. The MPAA on the other hand definitely overstates their loss, as also mentioned earlier only a small percentage of people downloading pirated movies would actually pay to see the movie if they didn't get it for free.

    Not trying to start a debate and I'm not advocating piracy either, but an argument can be made that the people downloading movies and music files actually contribute "word of mouth" hype that actually increases the number of paid ticket sales. The movie owners definitely have a right to protect their property, but the MPAA always massively overstates the damages.

    Whatever you're thoughts on piracy issues are though, the fact remains that the MPAA and RIAA have the money. They wield so much power through lawyers and lobbyists that they can get legislation passed that causes more harm to rights of smaller artists and the general public than many people realize. SOPA is just one example of that, (and everyone should remember that SOPA isn't dead, it was just put on hold while they figure out how to push it again.)

    Having said all that, the guy in the article the OP shared was definitely an idiot. The guy was doing some blatantly illegal activity and publicly boasting about it.


    You think the guy was smart enough to do that? He wasn't even smart enough to at least try covering his tracks.
     
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  11. The Scarlet Pimp

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    heh! the cops don't even need to try anymore. :batman:
     
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    I'm sure there will be plenty of fish in that jail for him...
     
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    I find this story completely unbelievable. Shows how dumb some people in society really are. Watching a cam rip....
     
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    If there was a Darwin Awards for criminals this guy would be on the list.
     
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    If Fast & Furious 6 was Universals "most significant" release of the year, then they have much more serious problems than pirating.

    I was just 1 of the 779,000 downloads of that film. From thecod3r. And this kid SAVED ME MONEY. Because I turned that shit on for 20 minutes, was appalled by the terrible writing and directing, and immediately scrapped the film. I do remember the copy being pretty good though. But the movie was shit.

    The kid might be dumb, sure. But I'm on his side. Universal can go f##k themselves.

    I don't torrent cause of money. I do it cause I hate movie theaters. And because torrenting is my form of rotten romatoes. Like I knew this film would be hyped up cause of Paul Walkers death. I knew I couldn't trust the RT rating. And out of the 779,000 who downloaded the film, I'm sure at least 20% or more just threw the file away right after downloading. Then you have to factor in the % of torrenters who hate movie theaters. And the % who don't have the money to see the film. Their "estimated losses" were probably closer to like $4,000. Not $4 million.

    -BB
     
  16. connor51

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    I am pretty sure, he only made $1600. It's not like it's a Blu Ray copy were talking here
     
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    They're obviously overstating their losses in order to increase the guy's punishment so they can create an example out of him.
     
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    could of been worse.. at least paul walker didn't take him for a ride
     
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