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Fox Fired Roger Friedman for X-Men Piracy

Roger Friedman, pictured below, downloaded an illegal copy of X-Men Origins - Wolverine, and reviewed for Fox 411. Friedman wrote in part:

Yes, I’ve seen "X Men Origins: Wolverine." It wasn’t at a screening, either. I found a work in progress print of it, 95 percent completed, on the internet last night. Let’s hope by now it’s gone.

Right now, my "cousins" at 20th Century Fox are probably having apoplexy. I doubt anyone else has seen this film. But everyone can relax. I am, in fact, amazed about how great "Wolverine" turned out. It exceeds expectations at every turn. I was completely riveted to my desk chair in front of my computer.

The article Friedman wrote still exists in Google’s cache.

Once it was discovered that Friedman had engaged in piracy, he was fired. News Corp issued this statement:

“Roger Friedman’s views in no way reflect the views of News Corporation. We, along with 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, have been a consistent leader in the fight against piracy and have zero tolerance for any action that encourages and promotes piracy. Once we learned of Roger Friedman’s post we asked Fox News to remove it, which they did immediately.”

"We’ve just been made aware that Roger Friedman, a freelance columnist who writes Fox 411 on, an entirely separate company from 20th Century Fox, watched on the internet and reviewed a stolen and unfinished version of X-Men Orgins: Wolverine. This behavior is reprehensible and we condemn this act categorically, whether the review is good or bad."
20th Century Fox is working alongside the MPAA and the FBI to track down the person responsible for leaking an early cut of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which could potentially cost the studio millions. Friedman should have known better, since his work is posted on a Fox web site. It sucks to be out of work right now.


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