20th Century Fox, the studio behind "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," has issued an official statement regarding the much-publicized leak of an early version of the "Wolverine" movie. Calling the version of the film that appeared online Tuesday evening a "stolen, incomplete and early version" of the movie, the studio seemed to confirm some aspects of this early copy of the film we addressed yesterday.
"It was without many effects, had missing and unedited scenes and temporary sound and music," stated the studio in an announcement posted on Deadline Hollywood. (After the jump, read the full statement from Fox.)
"We immediately contacted the appropriate legal authorities and had it removed," continued the studio's official response to the leak. "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 courts have handed down significant criminal sentences for such acts in the past."
"The FBI and the MPAA also are actively investigating this crime," claimed the studio. "We are encouraged by the support of fansites condemning this illegal posting and pointing out that such theft undermines the enormous efforts of the filmmakers and actors, and above all, hurts the fans of the film."
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