Los Angeles
20 June 2017
Reporter: Mark Dugdale

Deadpool uploader arrested


A man in California has been arrested on charges of criminal copyright infringement for allegedly uploading a copy of the Deadpool movie to Facebook.

Trevon Maurice Franklin uploaded a copy of Deadpool, to which Twentieth Century Fox owns the copyright, approximately eight days after its February 2016 release in cinemas, according to the US attorney’s office for the Central District of California.

The illegal upload of Deadpool was viewed by more than five million people.

Franklin was charged in a one-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on 7 April with reproducing and distributing a copyrighted work, an offence that carries a statutory maximum penalty of three years in prison.

The case against Franklin is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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