The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested two men on suspicion of leaking action movie The Expendables 3 online before its official release date.
The film was set to hit the big screen in cinemas in the US on 15 Aug 2014. However, around the 25 July 2014 a high-quality version of the film appeared on the internet.
Detectives from the City of London Police unit arrested a 36 year old man at his home in Upton, Wirral and a 33 year old man at his home in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire with support from uniformed officers from Merseyside and West Yorkshire Police.
The pair are believed to have stolen the film from a cloud based system before uploading it on to the internet. In the UK it is believed the leaked the Lionsgate/Millennium film was viewed hundreds of thousands of times which subsequently has had a significant financial impact on Lionsgate and Millennium Films, costing them millions of pounds in the UK alone.
The investigation was launched following a referral from the movie’s distribution studio, Lionsgate Films.
The two men were taken to local police stations for questioning.