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Man arrested for allegedly uploading 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

December 16, 2009 | 10:38 am

A man charged by an L.A. grand jury with illegally uploading a Hollywood movie to the Internet before its theatrical release was arrested today on suspicion of violating federal copyright law, authorities said.

Gilberto Sanchez, 47, was arrested by FBI agents at his home in New York nearly a week after a federal grand jury in Los Angeles charged him with uploading a pirated copy of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine" to Megaupload, an Internet file-sharing website.

Sanchez is expected to make his initial appearance today before a U.S. magistrate in New York.

If convicted, Sanchez faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison. He also faces a fine of $250,000 or an amount equal to twice the gross gain or gross loss attributable to the offense, whichever is greater.

The arrest grew out of a case investigated by the FBI in Los Angeles, authorities said.

-- Andrew Blankstein