A fate of the man who uploaded the full movie of ‘Deadpool’ on his Facebook page, is now going to be decided by a Californian court even though the U.S. government is asking for the man to serve half a year in prison for it.
It was gathered that few weeks after ‘Deadpool’ was released in theaters, millions of people watched the film on a viral Facebook post by the account Tre-Von M. King. Trevon Franklin, a 22-year-old in Fresno, California. Franklin who downloaded the movie from file-sharing platform Putlocker.is, uploaded the movie to his Facebook page, where it garnered 6,386,456 views, according to court documents.
Franklin who made a plea agreement with the government, was indicted and arrested in June 2017. He pleaded guilty in exchange for authorities agreeing to recommend a reduced prison sentence. The sentencing position filed on September 12 states;
“The government recommends the high-end sentence of six months’ imprisonment, to be followed by a one-year term of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.”
The copyright suspect was accused of ‘flouting the law” in a “brazen and public manner,” and it was gathered that many Facebook users told Franklin that his posting was illegal, but Franklin responded on Facebook by insisting he wouldn’t be punished.
In one such post he wrote, “I got the ultimate way out of this, yall might be surprised on how I won’t go to jail but just become more famous.” In another he wrote, “I’m just sitting back smoking out my bong laughing at these mfs who think they know what they talking I haven’t sold shit to anyone, or made copies.”
Franklin went on to create a Facebook group called “Bootleg Movies,” posted “EVERYBODY JOIN,” and told people he’d be posting more movies on the page. Counsels to the government however argued that the sentencing “is both necessary and sufficient to address the nature of circumstances of the offense and to reflect the seriousness of the offense, to promote respect for the law, and to provide just punishment for the offense.”