A 21-year-old man was arrested and put in shackles to claim to download an illegal copy of the online Deadpool and publicly shared it on Facebook shortly after the box office launch.
Trevon Maurice Franklin, 21, from Fresno, Calif., Alleges that he obtained an illegal copy of Ryan Reynolds’ film against the hero, and carried the file in February 2016, only eight days after the film was released in the United States. Using the name “Tri-von M. King”, Franklin shared the video as a publisher on his personal Facebook page, along with the word “F *** System”. This post was in Russia and more than five million people were able to watch it for free online.
According to TorrentFreak, Franklin tried to Facebook friends to warn him that he was violating the copyright and that it was illegal to publish the video, but at the time he was not worried about his arrest. However, compared to torrents, it is much easier to track content that infringes copyright when it is publicly posted to the Facebook account attached to the actual image of the user, so the 20th century copyright holder Fox and the FBI were able to track him.
It is also alleged that he participated in at least 10 copies of the online Deadpool, which would be in total retail value of at least $ 2,500 (£ 1,957). Franklin was charged with copyright infringement. If found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of up to three years in federal prison “He is a very young man, but it is not uncommon to see Hollywood or the music industry go to young people or modest means to distribute copyrighted films,” lawyer Fresno Roger Bonakdar told local ABC television.
“They are trying to send a message to the community to warn them that there are serious consequences for something they think is harmless,” he said.