Within 72 hours of its Australian release, THE SIMPSONS MOVIE ended up online. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER reports the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft arrested the 21-year-old pirate in Sydney on Aug. 17, 2007. If he is convicted of copyright theft, he could spend up to five years in jail.
The man allegedly used his cell phone to record the film at a theater, then uploaded it to the Internet. Working together, the Australian Federal Police, AFACT and 20th Century Fox were able to remove the film from the net within three days. However, in that time it had been downloaded more than 110,000 times.