A computer programmer who filmed Fast and Furious 6 at a cinema and then uploaded it to the internet has been jailed for almost three years. Philip Danks, 25, used a camcorder to record Fast and Furious 6 at a cinema in Walsall, near Birmingham and then uploaded a copy to the internet the following day. The pirate copy was downloaded 779,000 times, costing Universal Pictures, one of Hollywood’s biggest film-makers, almost £2.3m.
Two days after his arrest on May 23, he posted on Facebook, “Seven billion people and I was the first. F*** you.” On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to three charges of distributing pirate copies of films and was jailed for 33 months. Prosecuting on behalf of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, Ari Alibhai said: “The film was Universal Picture’s most significant release of that year with both the biggest production costs and expected revenue.” The court heard that he made just £1,000 from selling copies of the film for £1.50 – while the cost to Universal was estimated at £2.3m. Danks is said to have uploaded the file to KickassTorrents and other torrenting sites.