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Wolverine leak will be punished, Fox warns

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Story by Jack Foley

ANGRY distributor Twentieth Century Fox has vowed to come down hard on the people responsible for leaking an almost complete version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine onto the Internet a month before its cinematic release.

An unfinished version of the film, in which Hugh Jackman reprises his X-Men role, was uploaded to several file sharing and streaming video websites on Tuesday which, according to the BBC, simply lacked finished special effects and fine tuning.

It prompted an online scramble among film fans, with more than 75,000 copies of the film being downloaded and reviews appearing online.

But Twentieth Century Fox has vowed to prosecute those responsible for the leak “to the fullest extent of the law”, and issued the following statement: “It [the leak] was without many effects and had missing scenes and temporary sound and music. We immediately contacted the appropriate legal authorities and had it removed.

“We forensically mark our content so we can identify sources that make it available or download it. The source of the initial leak and any subsequent postings will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“The FBI and MPAA are also actively investigating the crime. We are encouraged by the support of fan sites condemning piracy and this illegal posting and pointing out that such theft undermines the enormous efforts of the filmmakers and actors and, above all, hurts fans of the film.”

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is due to open in the UK on April 29 – two days before its US debut on May 1. Find out more about Wolverine and play the game