Wolverine review costs writer his job

X-men Origins Wolverine posterEntertainment journalist Roger Friedman was fired after he posted a premature review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine online last Friday.  The day after 20th Century Fox called the FBI to find out who had leaked the film online, Friedman wrote about how easy it was to find a stolen copy on the net, adding that downloading the film was “so much easier than going out in the rain.” Movie website RopeofSilicon.com asked, “Where does FoxNews.com come up with the balls to publish a review of an unfinished illegal copy of a film their sister company [20th Century Fox] is so desperately trying to squelch the existence of?” Friedman was given a chance to defend himself to Fox executive vice president John Moody, explaining why he shouldn’t be fired, but he lost his case. Fox News called Friedman’s behaviour “reprehensible” and removed the column from the website. ~Meryl H.

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  1. Nancy • April 7, 2009 @ 11:11 AM

    Well, now he doesn’t have to go out in the rain at all, does he?

  2. tributegirl • April 7, 2009 @ 1:25 PM

    I hardly think this is a case for the FBI!!!

  3. wade • April 7, 2009 @ 8:12 PM

    This is a case for the FBI. Ever read the warning at the start of every movie.

  4. tributegirl • April 8, 2009 @ 4:41 PM

    Yes I have, but it really does not seem like an FBI case to me.

  5. Dan • April 9, 2009 @ 11:04 AM

    I have troubles positionning myself on the issue. On one hand I think copyrights laws are too restrictive and the FBI should handle case like muder and child abuse before bothering about intellectual properties; than again, since anybody think that have the right to robbed artists, some boundaries most be set and example made.

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