Jail for sharing popular movies online?

Shocking informations! A 21-year-old man from California has been arrested for allegedly sharing a pirated copy of the movie titled Deadpool on his Facebook page, shortly after it premiered last year. The man was indicted following an FBI investigation and faces a prison sentence of up to 3 years. I do not have detailed informations about this person and i don't know if he shared it by torrent system or simply published movie on his website.

With roughly 2 billion active users per month, Facebook is by far the largest social networking site around. While most of the content posted to the site is relatively harmless, some people use it to share files they are not supposed to. As you see, not only being an admin of torrents finder is dangerous. This is also what 21-year-old Trevon Maurice Franklin from Fresno, California, did early last year. Just a week after the box-office hit Deadpool premiered in theaters, he just shared a pirated copy of the movie on the social network. Franklin, who used the screen name “Tre-Von M. King,” saw his post go viral as it allegedly reached 5 million views. This didn’t go unnoticed by Twentieth Century Fox, and soon after the feds were involved as well.

Jail for sharing popular movies online?

The FBI began to investigate the possibly criminal Facebook post and decided to build a case. This eventually led to an indictment, and the alleged “pirate” was arrested soon after. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, which released the news some time ago, states that Franklin faces up to three years in prison for the alleged copyright infringement. “Franklin is charged in a one-cdownloaount indictment returned by a federal grand jury on April 7 with reproducing and distributing a copyrighted film, a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum penalty of 3 years in federal prison,” the office wrote in a press release. So keep calm and never share movies or torrents in way like this. Are you affraid of your device? Read this article to know how to protect yourself while torrent searching and how to avoid fake torrents.

According to comments on Facebook, posted last year, several people warned “Tre-Von M. King” that it wasn’t wise to post copyright-infringing material on FB. However, Franklin said he wasn’t worried that he would get in trouble. While the case is significant, there are also many questions that remain unanswered.


Well, was the defendant involved in recording the copyright infringing copy? Was it already widely available elsewhere? Are the reported five million “views” people who watched a large part of Deadpool movie, or is this just the number of people who might have seen it in their feeds? Thus far we have not seen a copy of the indictment in the court records, but a follow-up may be warranted when it becomes available. Be caruful during sharing big movies or tv series like this, even on torrent websites, you might be caught and have a law problem.


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