Incomplete X-Men Origins: Wolverine leaks onto the internetA leak of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' has been condemned by 20th Century Fox.
A work in progress print of the soon to be released action adventure, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ starring Hugh Jackman has been leaked by an employee and posted on the internet.
20th Century Fox, who own the hugely successful money spinning ‘X-Men’ franchise issued this statement:
Last night, a stolen, incomplete and early version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was posted illegally on websites. It was without many effects and had missing scenes and temporary sound and music. We immediately contacted the appropriate legal authorities and had it removed. We forensically mark our content so we can identify sources that make it available or download it. The source of the initial leak and any subsequent postings will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law - the courts have handed down significant criminal sentences for such acts and the last person who committed such a crime is still in jail. The FBI and the MPAA also are actively investigating this crime. We are encouraged by the support of fansites condemning piracy and this illegal posting and pointing out that such theft undermines the enormous efforts of the filmmakers and actors, and above all, hurts the fans of the film.
Such incidents are not unprecedented but represent further damage upon an already suffering industry. Illegal downloads are now costing film companies millions per year.