Two men have been arrested in England on suspicion of leaking copies of “The Expandables 3” online three weeks before its official release this past Summer.
The pair were taken into custody by U.K. anti-piracy police and are suspected of stealing a high-quality copy of the film from a cloud-based system before uploading it on the Internet. Shortly after on July 25th, the film began circulating online.
That copy was reportedly downloaded more than ten million times. DCI Danny Medlycott, who heads up the London-based Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, tells BBC News:
“Today’s operation shows you the significant impact intellectual property crime has on our creative industries, with millions of pounds being lost as a result of criminal actions.
The public need to be aware that piracy is not a victimless crime. By downloading illegal music, film, TV and books, not only are you exposing your own computer to the risk of viruses and malware, but you are also putting hard-working people’s livelihoods at risk as piracy threatens the security of thousands of jobs in the UK’s creative industries.”