FBI raids SAG member's home for uploading five movies

By Emil
Apr 26, 2011
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  1. FBI agents recently raided the Los Angeles apartment of Wes DeSoto, a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) member, over suspicion that he was the first to upload multiple movies to The Pirate Bay. There were at least five movies: The King's Speech, Black Swan, Rabbit Hole, The Fighter, and 127 Hours, all of which were still in theaters when they were uploaded. The Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) director of content protection Larry Hahn informed the FBI about the pirated films.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 306   +18

    Better call Sony for Tips on how to deal with people
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    He'll never work in this town again, just when CSI was going to make Werewolf Enthusiast into a recurring character. Another Tinseltown dream destroyed by the lure of not-for-profit media sharing.

    Back in the old days we'd just watch VHS tapes passed from coworker to coworker.
  4. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,044   +37

    geez... actors and usually anyone on tv make enough money the way it is... and then to waste money on searching this guy? i dunno... wtf?
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    Actors = waiters, er, servers.
  6. Omnislip

    Omnislip Newcomer, in training Posts: 96

    No, f*#k this guy. What he has done is indefensible.
  7. He tried to be cool...now he's lookin like a fool
  8. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,044   +37

    not sure what this is suppose to imply?
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,377   +825

    Neither of the 2 sections of your run on sentence make any sense. That would be either on their own, or in context with each other!

    Then there's the .... "wtf", that you're using as a placeholder, waiting for an actual thought to occur. It's an acronym, and hence it should be capitalized. Sic......WTF....!

    If you don't mind me asking(*), why do you think that Mr. De Soto shouldn't have been searched? Because he said so?

    (*) I'm sure you do mind me asking. Still in all, I'm going to forge ahead with it anyway.
  10. matrix86

    matrix86 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 800   +8

    Sheesh dude. Calm down. All he did was upload a couple of movies. Not like he strangled a baby or anything. Why get so upset over something that has no affect on your life anyway?
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    Most people who call themselves actors wait on tables, and they hardly make any money. The lucky few who appear on TV can make a bit of money, but its not as lucrative as a profession as people imagine.
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,377   +825

    Then there are the "Charlie Sheens", whose mental illnesses and narcissistic tirades are heavily overcompensated. In a rare display of communistic thought, I'm going to suggest his heavily inflated paycheck should be divied up among the working stiffs at the restaurants and car washes of Hollywood.

    I guess nobody really gives a thought to how good this man's agent must have been.

    In direct response to your statement; yes, acting is a heavily tiered "avocation" With such institutions as "soap operas" however, there probably does exist an upper middle class of working actors.
  13. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,033   +70

    'Working stiffs' ?? I guess you are watching too much of that other stuff ;)
  14. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    Sure there is that segment, but its shrinking a lot, the glory days of the 1980s are over. Even a lot of those that are working as waiters do it more for the opportunity to be seen and network; surprisingly many of them are bankrolled by their out of town parents, but they keep that fact on the DL.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,377   +825

    I think you mean "out of town stage parents".
  16. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,072   +75

    A guilty verdict already? A big plus 1 for the prosecution! Somebody get a rope.

    Who says it's a waste of taxpayer dollars when we can convict a guy within minutes right here on Techspot?
  17. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,072   +75

    You know the only reason Charlie made it to the screen was because daddy acted in Apocalypse Now.
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,377   +825

    Well, the "twitter" here at TS, does seem to point towards a perception of guilt. With that said, given the expense of an investigation in manpower, I'd at least like to believe the FBI doesn't just randomly take out warrants because they're either bored, or have a more general axe to grind.

    The whole point of this is; if this person actually did this, it's overt theft by infringement. It isn't "I shared a movie with my aunt Sara". It's theft, pure and simple I know the little trolls here will go on and on how downloading or infringement isn't theft, because it makes them feel vindicated for whatever behaviours they may be involved with.

    So, everybody should save your recess monety, and contribute to "poor De Sotos" defense fund. Who knows, maybe "GeoHot" will help him get the panhandling started.
     
  19. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,271   +257

    CC - you say so many of the things I want to say but just decide to keep to myself ;)
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,377   +825

    Just poor impulse control on my part, I suppose......:mad: and :confused: Then there's the :rolleyes: component.

    With all that said. I'm really old, but really new to cyberspace. I can't really envision that something I would say, would precipitate me losing imaginary "cyberfriends" that I never really had in the first place.... I'll put an imaginary "like" button here >>>> (0) <<<< for any one who agrees with this statement. You'll have to cook up your own imaginary "digg" button.

    You should try not holding back sometime, Papa! You'd find it's more cleansing, (and cathartic), than a "high colonic".
  21. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 202   +11

    wow now FBI are taking people in. this is getting ridicules
  22. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,271   +257

    Sorry, but I have to deal with lots of politics at my job so I'm forced to bite my tongue all the time.
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,377   +825

    Phew, tell me about! I always seem to be treading a fine line between freedom and , "admitted for observation".

    All you have to do is never tell other people what the voices are saying!

    (I of course am joking)
  24. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    I keep clicking it, but nothing happens. I don't like you anymore.
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,377   +825

    Sorry 'bout that! In my private reality, I wasn't aware that you actually ever did......:eek: :haha: :wave:


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