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'Fast and Furious 6' cam pirate sentenced to 3 years jail

UK pirate caused $4 million USD damage to the films theatrical release

By: Ben Gourlay from Aug 23, 2014 @ 4:28 CDT

A 25 year old English would-be pirate has been jailed for 33 months for filming last years 'Fast and Furious 6', using a mobile phone camera and uploading the video file to the web, a day before the film began showing in US cinemas.


Philip Danks was apparently easy to locate by UK police and representatives from the Federation Against Copyright Theft after Danks used the same handle 'Thecod3r' on multiple websites, including dating site Plenty of Fish.

In their victim impact statement, Universal Studios valued the leak at 2.3 million pounds, or nearly $4 million USD, based on the estimated 779,000 downloads and more than a bit of Hollywood accounting. The film went on to gross nearly $800 million worldwide.

In a day and age when it seems a movie is in cinemas one day and then available on Blu-ray the next, why people choose to ruin the experience with awful cams, just for the sake of being able to say they've seen it before their friends, is beyond me. But it's safe to say that Thecod3r's days of releasing is over.

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