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Man to serve two years in prison for illegally recording The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

A Missouri man was sentenced Friday to two years in federal prison for illegally recording The Dark Knight in a theater and selling the movie on DVD.

U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan also ordered the defendant, Robert Henderson of Grandview, Missouri, to pay $24,738. The prison sentence will be followed by three years probation.

Henderson pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement for using a digital camera to record The Dark Knight on July 18, 2008 — opening day for the Warner Bros. blockbuster. He was caught as part of an investigation by the Motion Picture Association of America.

“This is an appropriate sentence for a very serious crime, and we hope it will serve as a warning to would-be movie thieves that they will face severe consequences for engaging in these activities,” Mike Robinson, the MPAA’s senior vice president of content protection, said in a press release.

In December, the FBI arrested a New York man suspected of uploading an unfinished edit of X-Men Origins: Wolverine to a file-sharing website for the film’s release. Earlier this month 20th Century Fox filed six lawsuits against several dozen people the studio claims sold DVDs containing unfinished versions of the movie.

(via The Wrap)



Massive overkill. The MPAA and the RIAA want to crucify pirates under the premise that piracy is killing their industries, and the courts just roll over and accept this argument without question.

Bootlegging a movie is creepy and low, but two years in prison? IMO the fine and probation should have been enough. If he did it again, then maybe jail would be warranted.

Hope he has a good lawyer to appeal this sentence.

Damn!! Two years!! IMO is quite harsh, but I imagine they (MPAA. RIAA and the judge) want to make an example of this guy.


“Hope he has a good lawyer to appeal this sentence.”

There won’t be an appeal; he took a plea. He faced a stiffer sentence and fine.

Awesome. I hope I don’t get shot by an ex-con previously locked up for an assault charge who got let out to make room for this devious enemy of human decency.

He stole an Intellectual Property, he profited from it, now he has to pay the penalty. I see no problem with that.

1/5th of the world’s prison population resides in the United States.

…Just something to think about.

Must be that 1/5 of the world’s criminals are in the United States.

“He stole an Intellectual Property, he profited from it, now he has to pay the penalty. I see no problem with that.”


And we all know how much illegal downloading harmed this movie’s sales, considering it only made…

*checks wikipedia*

…one billion dollars as of February 2009, without counting DVD/Blu-Ray sales. HOLY SHIT.

I’m not saying it is not a crime, and he should in fact be punished, but prison time seems excessive, doesn’t it? How did this harm society as a whole that it warrants isolating this person in a prison system?

He will be out in time to tape the next Batman movie!

“Must be that 1/5 of the world’s criminals are in the United States.”

If one had done no research on the bloated, embarrassing joke that is the United States prison system, one might be led to believe that was the case, yes.

“Must be that 1/5 of the world’s criminals are in the United States.”

Alan Coil: I’m sure you don’t care, but you just lost any credibility you might’ve had. Thank you for saving me the trouble of reading any of your posts in the future.

I’m now more convinced than ever that “Alan Coil” is some graduate student’s performance-art project.

I don’t understand why member of the Motion Picture Academy get free copies of movies, in the hopes they’ll vote for the movie come Academy Awards time. Yet the rest of us poor schmucks who aren’t pulling down movie money have to pay to see them. And they get all pissed when these copies are released to the public.
Why not do away with this inane practice and let the members who actually paid for and enjoyed the movie vote for them? If they’re so freakin’ worried about piracy this could help cut down considerably.
Must be because despite the additional piracy they’re making enough money come nomination and award time to offset it.

I do agree that dude trying to profit off of the movie was pretty stupid, he should have just given it away!

The greed that permeates large corporations makes it very difficult to feel sympathetic for their ’cause’.

Sean T. Collins — You wound me. I never made it to graduate school.

Rebis — Okay, I can’t stop you from not reading my posts. Chris Jones stated that 1/5 of all prisoners were held in the US. That has absolutely NOTHING to do with this guy going to jail for piracy, and is absurd on its face, so I made an equally absurd response. Saying the US has too many prisoners is NOT an argument against this guy getting jail time.

Heh, yeah, statistics ARE absurd on their face:

Please, for everyone’s sake, educate yourself. The United States’ method of incarceration has EVERYTHING to do with this discussion.

“This is an appropriate sentence for a very serious crime…” -Some scum lawyer jackass
“…for a very serious crime…”
No, the guy that pleaded guilty to near involuntary manslaughter when he almost killed me, THAT is a serious crime and he only got 36 months probation. This is disproportional.


So then…instead of using American prison cells for rapists, murderers and pedophiles, the Government (at the behest of their Corporate Masters) will imprison a man for using a CAMERA.

If only he’d BEATEN HIS WIFE, he’d be walking the street today.

Too simplistic? Did I ignore the Profits of the Corporation?

“We, the Wealthy of the United States, in order to form a more Perfect union, establish a two-tier system of Justice, insure domestic passivity, provide for the Defense of our Profits, promote the welfare of the Corporation, and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America, LLC.”


For the record, people with no regard for copyright or intellectual property annoy me to no end.

That said, locking someone up for two years of their life for bringing a camera to a film is an affront to human decency. Whoever’s had a hand in this should be ashamed of themselves.


It’s also possible that he had a prior felony or serious misdemenor conviction and THAT’S why he’s doing two out of five.

It’s also worth noting that MOST State Prisons only require roughly 30-40% of the sentence be served. That means out of two years he’d “do” about 6 months.

STILL, this “violation” should be a CIVIL PENALTY not a CRIMINAL penalty.

They didn’t put that chick from Minnesota in prison. You know, their ONLY court-based verdict.


Funny thing is people could probably download a much clearer copy online for free than buy this bonehead’s crappy in theater camcorder recording.

The 2 year sentence may be harsh, but the guy is a pirating dope, so I’m not going to feel too bad.

“No, the guy that pleaded guilty to near involuntary manslaughter”

What the heck is near involuntary manslaughter?

People do much worse and get lesser charges….It’s sad to see…

That being the case, he shouldn’t have done it……

I’m pretty sure this sort of thing is why the government of Canada doesn’t let the RIAA prosecute Canadians. 2 years in prison is frickin’ ridiculous. Theft of intellectual property is certainly a crime, so charge him a hefty fine if you have to, but jail time is totally disproportionate.

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