Path of Illicit DVD Amounts to File Sharing on Steroids
February 20, 2009 | 7:29:42 PM
By David Kravets
"Authorities said Friday they arrested a Los Angeles man in connection to last year's pre-release uploading of "The Love Guru," which found its way to the online Mininova BitTorrent site.
According to an FBI affidavit, authorities at one point eyed an Irvine, California man whose open Wi-Fi connection was used to upload the movie. In the end, it was his neighbor who uploaded the movie, which originated from a Los Angeles print shop that was producing a screener DVD for Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" last year.
The route of the illicit copy of the film, which was watermarked with a message that it was for the "Tonight Show," amounts to an exercise of file sharing on steroids. Jack Yates, 28, is accused of taking the watermarked copy from Los Angeles' Duplication & Broadcasting last May. He is also accused of lying to the FBI for allegedly declaring his innocence during an interview.
In the end, the Irvine man who uploaded the DVD was the neighbor of another man who the FBI initial focused on. The first suspect told authorities he was technologically inept, and did not know how to lock his Wi-Fi connection.
The real uploader told authorities that Yates gave the video to Yates' cousin. The cousin then gave it the uploader's former roommate who eventually gave it to the uploader.
File sharing at its finest"