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FBI Charges Chicago Man For Uploading "24"

Even Jack Bauer won't be able to help a Chicago man who faces up to three years in prison for illegally uploading pirated episodes of the Fox series "24" to an online video hub.

Jorge Romero is accused of uploading four "24" episodes he discovered in January and posting them on a website eight days before their primetime premiere.

The FBI's criminal complaint charges Romero "with uploading copyrighted material to a publicly accessible computer network knowing the work was intended for commercial distribution, a felony that carries a statutory maximum sentence of three years in federal prison."

Twentieth Century Fox, which produces "24" issued this statement: "We are grateful to the FBI and U.S. Attorney's offices in Los Angeles for aggressively pursuing this matter, and we hope it will serve as a powerful warning that uploading copyrighted TV shows and movies to the Internet can be a crime with significant penalties and will be prosecuted as such."

In January, Fox served the website demanding it disclose the identity of the user who had uploaded episodes of "24" and "The Simpsons" and both complied with the request.

June 04, 2007 |

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