Federal prosecutors arrested a man in central California on Tuesday for allegedly uploading the Marvel movie "Deadpool" to his Facebook page shortly after being released in theaters in February 2016. The F.B.I. has been investigating the case, and although Trevon uploaded the film under a pseudonym ("Tre-Von M. King"; not too mysterious), it's unclear why it took so long to arrest him, especially since he posted it to his own Facebook page.
This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Ryan Reynolds in a scene from the film, "Deadpool". This lead to over 5 million viewers watching the movie for free just eight days after the film premiered, the Los Angeles Times reported.
He is accused of reproducing and distributing at least 10 copies of "Deadpool", the indictment said. If convicted, he faces up to three years in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's office tells the publication.
The film was also one of the highest-grossing movies in 2016, taking home $783.1 million at the Box Office.
He appeared in court Tuesday afternoon for his initial hearing, but no plea decision was entered, reports the Fresno Bee.
The felony offense carries a sentence of up to three years in federal prison, the US attorney's office in Los Angeles said.