That guy who leaked a print of Wolverine is about to do time

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Dec 14, 2012

Remember the guy who uploaded an unfinished copy of the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine onto the Internet just weeks before its release? Well, it looks like he's going to jail in a few months.

According to TorrentFreak, a glass installer and musician from the Bronx named Gilberto Sanchez will be sentenced on Sept. 19 and faces up to three years in prison, as well as a fine of either $250,000 or "or twice the gross gain or gross loss attributable to the offense, whichever is greater," according to the charges. Sanchez was arrested in December 2009 and pleaded guilty to "one count of uploading a copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution" after he bought a copy of the movie on the street for five bucks and uploaded it to a site called MegaUpload on March 31 of that year, slightly over a month before its May 1 release.

The copy, said to be a "workprint," spread instantly across the Web, with the studio, 20th Century Fox, vowing to punish whoever leaked it to the fullest extent of the law.

Here's the thing, though: While Sanchez should never have bought a bootleg and clearly did an even more foolish thing by uploading it for all to see, the main culprit behind the leak—which rattled Hollywood—has yet to be caught.

For Sanchez to buy his copy, someone had to leak that workprint out of the studio or post-production lab where it was being kept (one FX house that worked on the film denied this possibility). Yet after an eight-month investigation, all the FBI could turn up was this poor slob from the Bronx and not the original source of the leak.

So who leaked Wolverine in the first place, and why has that person not been brought to justice? We're sure Gilberto Sanchez is asking those same questions as he faces the threat of incarceration for a crime that he was arguably an accessory to but did not commit.

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