Fresno man arrested on federal copyright violations for alleged illegal upload of 'Deadpool' movie

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Ryan Reynolds is the wisecracking guy in red in the R-rated superhero movie "Deadpool." (Joe Lederer / 20th Century Fox)

FRESNO, Calif. -- A Fresno man was arrested Tuesday morning on a federal criminal charge of copyright infringement that alleges he posted the movie "Deadpool" to his Facebook page.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, as a result of the illegal upload, more than 5 million people were able to view the film copyrighted by the Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

Trevon Maurice Franklin, 21, who used the screen name "Tre-Von M. King," allegedly uploaded "Deadpool" approximately eight days after its February 2016 release to theaters.

Franklin is charged in a one-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on April 7 with reproducing and distributing a copyrighted work, a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum penalty of three years in federal prison.

The case against Franklin is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.