Four Charged after Movie Pirating Probe

By: 23 Newsroom
By: 23 Newsroom

Officials have charged four men with illegally copying and distributing Hollywood movies. The charges are the result of a month-long investigation into how pirated copies of "Kill Bill, Volume One," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Passion" turned up on the Internet.

Three of the men are former employees of a Hollywood post-production company, which federal officials say allowed them access to movies before their release.

The fourth man, Russell Sprague of Illinois, was charged separately for allegedly obtaining 40 Oscar "screeners", copies of films sent to the film academy for award consideration, and illegally copying them.

Officials say Sprague received the screeners from a former member of the motion picture academy who has not been charged.


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