The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week that the FBI had arrested a Fresno man for uploading a pirated copy of the Deadpool movie on Facebook.
According to a copy of the arrest warrant obtained by Bleeping Computer, the incident happened last year, in February 2016.
Trevon Maurice Franklin, a 21-year-old man from Fresno, California, who went online by the screen name of "Tre-Von M. King", took to Facebook eight days after the Deadpool movie's premiere and uploaded a pirated copy of the film on his Facebook profile.
According to a DOJ statement released this week, the post garnered over five million views during the course of the following days.
Despite people warning Franklin of his actions — a clear case of copyright infringement — the young man ignored warnings and did not delete the video.
Days later, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, the movie studio owning the rights to the Deadpool movie filed a complaint with the FBI.
The investigation took one year to finalize, and a judge signed an arrest warrant in Franklin's name back in April. After the FBI arrested Franklin, the suspect was arraigned in court, charged, and released on bond.
According to the DOJ, Franklin was charged in a one-count indictment for reproducing and distributing a copyrighted work. If proven guilty, the accused faces a penalty of up to three years in federal prison.
This is the third case on which we report today that people take stupid actions. Earlier today we reported on the cases of two British hackers that used their home Internet connections to carry out cyber-attacks.
The first one was the case of Sean Caffrey, a 25-year-old man who breached the US Department of Defense satellite phone and messaging system. The second was Daniel Devereux, a hacker know as "His Royal Gingerness," who breached the websites of a British airport and hospital, also from his home Internet connection, and later even bragged about the hacks on YouTube.
Image credit: Twentieth Century Fox