Deadpool image via Flickr user Nigel Horsley
Written by Gabriel Dillard
A Fresno man has been arrested on a federal criminal charge of copyright infringement on allegations he posted the movie “Deadpool” on his Facebook page.
Trevon Maurice Franklin, 21, was arrested Tuesday morning after an April 7 single-count indictment by a federal grand jury for allegedly uploading the film about eight days after its February 2016 release. He uploaded the movie under the screen name “Tre-Von M. King,” according to a news release from Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Brown.
As a result of the illegal upload, more than 5 million people were able to view the film, which is based on a Marvel Comics character and copyrighted by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., according to the news release.
According to court documents, the total retail value of the infringement — in terms of copies of the movie — is at least $2,500.
The maximum penalty for the charge carries three years in federal prison.
Franklin is expected to make his first court appearance this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Fresno.
The case against Franklin is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ryan White and Vicki Chou of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section