If You're Going to Spend 33 Months in Prison for Filming in the Cinema, Pick Something a Little Better than Fast and Furious 6 OK?

By Tom Pritchard on at

Phillip Danks has been jailed for a whopping 33 months because he filmed The Fast and the Furious 6 from the back of a Walsall cinema, distributed it online, and attempted to sell copies of the film via Facebook. It definitely looks like police are starting to crack down on the suppliers of pirated material now that they can't go after the people downloading it anymore.

To be honest though, he didn't exactly go out of his way to cover his tracks. Not only did he upload the film using the same username as his Plenty of Fish dating profile, he was also trying to sell copies via his own personal Facebook account. I'm no criminal mastermind, but that just displays a total lack of common sense.

It does seem like a particularly harsh sentence, but there's a chance that it was influenced by the fact that the film was downloaded 700,000 times. The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) claims that this cost Universal Pictures millions of pounds in lost revenue.

I'm just wondering if the judge would have been a bit more lenient if Danks had said it was for a student project. [BBC News]