A MAN from Dewsbury has been arrested as part of a police swoop on a suspected film piracy operation which is thought to have lost the makers of a major Hollywood action movie millions of pounds.
The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) arrested two men last night on suspicion of leaking The Expendables 3 - starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham - online before its official release date earlier this year.
The film was set to hit the big screen in cinemas in the US in August. However in July, a high-quality version of the film appeared on the internet.
Detectives from the City of London Police unit arrested a 33 year old man at his home in Dewsbury and a 36 year old man at his home in Upton, Wirral, with support from uniformed officers from West Yorkshire Police and Merseyside.
The pair are believed to have stolen the film from a cloud based system before uploading it on to the web. It is believed the leaked film was viewed hundreds of thousands of times, costing makers Lionsgate and Millennium Films millions of pounds in the UK alone.
An investigation was launched following a referral from the movie’s distribution studio. The two men were taken to local police stations for questioning.
Head of PIPCU, Detective Chief Inspector Danny Medlycott said, “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 hardworking people’s livelihoods at risk as piracy threatens the security of thousands of jobs in the UK’s creative industries.”