Monday, May 4, 2009

Film Pirates: The Big Bad in Wolverine Movie

If you have no idea who Wolverine is, you’ve either been living in cave or under a rock.

Wolverine is undoubtedly, one of the biggest comic book characters in this generation and with X-Men characters and storylines hitting the tube, game consoles, and the big screen, the world is now held audience by these “Marvel-ous” mutants.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine had fanboys and fangirls salivating, Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the adamantium-boned, invulnerable anti-hero (he’s not exactly the clean cut white knight) is a fan-favorite from “movies from comics” genre.

Early this April though, Twentieth Century Fox, the studio which owns this billion-dollar film franchise had the shock of its life when an unfinished copy of the movie was “leaked” and posted all over the internet.

The authorities estimate, that the film was downloaded several hundred thousand times from various file sharing sites. 20th Century Fox was up in arms over the piracy and said that the version of the film posted online is not complete and that whoever is responsible for the leak will be prosecuted.

Piracy is stealing and posting copies of the unfinished Wolverine movie way before its screening this May 1, 2009 is like corporate rape. It’s a flagrant violation of copyright laws that would likely affect the movie’s box-office earning.

Posting and watching a movie online may seem harmless and buying pirated DVDs may hardly seem like a criminal offense for some. But films are protected by copyright—which essentially means that other people cannot copy, adapt, distribute (or do other unauthorized acts) that copyrighted work. Film industries rely on copyright to protect their interests and their right to generate income from the works that they create.

Downloading films, TV episodes, and music without the proper permission and authority is a civil offense. Even if you don’t earn anything off a pirated copy of the film, you can still get sued by film companies.

So think twice before downloading from file-sharing sites, film theft is a crime punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment. $10 is hardly a huge price to pay for a movie—considering that you stand to lose thousands of dollars more if you get involved in a copyright lawsuit.