A UK MAN has been sent to chokey for 33 months because he recorded a film in the cinema and uploaded it to the internet where it was downloaded or viewed.
The film in question was Fast and Furious 6 and it was recorded in Walsall in May. The movie, which we have not seen, is the sixth in a line of films that are about driving fast, and we assume, furiously. It has reasonable ratings on the Internet Movie Database and appears to have done good business.
Whatever business is did was not as much as it might have done if Philip Danks had not gone to the cinema, recorded the film with a video camera and uploaded it, allegedly.
According to the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), Danks' actions cost Universal Pictures millions of pounds in revenues after his low quality, cammed version of the sixth in a series of car dramas appeared online.
Danks posted the copy of the movie the day after he went to the cinema with the remark that it would do until something better came along, and was arrested five days later.
In court it was revealed that Danks sold copies of the film through Facebook and worked in cahoots with his sister's ex-boyfriend.
The judge called Danks "bold, arrogant and cocksure" and the operation was described as "sophisticated". FACT welcomed the investigation and its result.
"We are grateful to West Midlands Police for their assistance in bringing to justice two men who were causing untold harm to the film industry in the UK, something which also threatens this country's economy," said FACT director general Kieron Sharp.
"Thousands of people are employed making some of the world's most famous and popular films. Their livelihoods are at risk if a film is unable to create the profits needed to fund future films. This is an important case and an important sentence. Danks was responsible for recording, uploading and distributing the film and was clearly unconcerned at the time about the consequences of his actions."
Fast and Furious 6 is the fastest grossing movie in the history of Universal Pictures. µ
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