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Man guilty of selling Academy 'screeners'

July 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Derek Hawthorne, 21, of Moorpark pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts of uploading copyrighted work for commercial distribution.Hawthorne faces up to six years in federal prison for putting two Academy Award "screener" movies on the Internet for sale.

Hawthorne uploaded "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Australia" to Web sites where users could download the movies to their own computers.

Authorities are still investigating how Hawthorne got the screening copies, which are set to Academy Award voters for Oscar consideration.

Hawthorne will be sentenced September 28.

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