Pirate "Simpsons Movie" tracked to Australia

Written by Phil Cogar

August 20, 2007 // 3:21 p.m.

Tags: #arrest #download #piracy #pirate #simpsons

The creator of the first known pirated copy of "The Simpsons Movie" got quite a surprise Friday when Australian police raided his home.

The 21 year-old Sydney man used a mobile phone to record the 87 minute film and then uploaded it onto the Internet.

"Within 72 hours of making and uploading this unauthorized recording, AFACT had tracked it to other streaming sites and P2P (peer-to-peer) systems, where it had been illegally downloaded in excess of 110,000 times, and in all probability, copied and sold as a pirate DVD all over the world," said Adrianne Pecotic, AFACT executive director.

The investigation, conducted by Twentieth Century Fox, Australian police and the private investigation group Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), only took three weeks since the film's July 27 opening to conclude.

The unnamed man will have to appear in court in October to be formally charged.

Someone out there please tell me this; just what is the point of making a crappy copy of a film and uploading to the Internet? Does it make your e-peen bigger or something? Please let me know down in the comments section or over in the forums.

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