Two men have been arrested on suspicion of leaking The Expendables 3 online ahead of its release in cinemas.
According to detectives from the police intellectual property crime unit (PIPCU), a 36-year-old man was arrested at his home in Upton in the Wirral and a 33-year-old man at his home in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. The pair have been taken to local police stations for questioning.
Police maintain that the two men stole the film from a cloud-based system before uploading it online. The Expendables 3 was posted online in July, a move that is believed to have cost Lionsgate and Millennium Films millions of dollars. The City of London Police said the leaked film was viewed hundreds of thousands of times online.
Sylvester Stallone previously expressed his disappointment that the film had appeared online. He said that the film being posted on the internet could have a knock-on effect as studios start to lose confidence and people could lose their jobs.
Head of PIPCU Detective Chief Inspector Danny Medlycott echoed Stallone’s sentiments in a statement made today. He said, “The public need to be aware that piracy is not a victimless crime. By downloading illegal music, film, TV and books, not only are you exposing your own computer to the risk of viruses and malware, but you are also putting hardworking people's livelihoods at risk as piracy threatens the security of thousands of jobs in the UK's creative industries."