MAN FINED FOR PIRATING REVENANT MOVIE
A California man has received a heavy fine for pirating a popular Leonardo DiCapro movie, Variety entertainment magazine reports.
William Kyle Morarity, 31, of Lancaster, California was fined $1.1 million dollars after admitting he stole the screeners of The Revenant which aired Christmas Day, 2015. In addition, Morarity was sentenced to eight months house arrest and two years probation, by US District Court Judge Stephen V Wilson. For felony crimes under the California copyright infringement act Morarity could have been handed a maximum prison sentence of three years in a federal penitentiary.
Morarity admitted in court that while he was working on the Fox studio lot last year he copied screeners of The Revenant onto a portable device which he then took home and downloaded into his computer. He told the judge that six days before the movie was about to be officially released, he uploaded it to a website called Pass The Popcorn under the alias “Clutchit.” Authorities claimed there were about one million downloads before Fox released the movie. It’s said that Fox lost more than $1 million over Morarity’s illegal actions.
“The defendant’s illegal conduct caused considerable to the victim movie studio,” stated Eileen M Decker, US Attorney for the Central District of California. “The fact that the defendant stole this film while working on the lot of the movie makes his crime more egregious.”
Morarity apologized for the actions in court and in addition to his sentence, he has agreed to help the FBI make a public service film which will show the dire consequences of copyright infringement and piracy.
The Revenant grossed $183.6 million in US box offices and $349.3 million internationally, according to Box Office Mojo which tracks the revenues of popular movies.
The Revenant director, Alejandro Gonzalez and DiCapro both won Academy Awards for their parts in the movie.