Pirates, beware! Authorities have announced today that they have tracked the first known pirated copy of "The Simpsons Movie" to a 21-year old Australian man, whose home was consequently raided by police. According to Australian Federal Police, the man, heretofore unnamed, has been ordered to appear in a Sydney court in October when he will be formally charged, although details of the likely charge and penalties have not been made public. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) industry group said the investigation into the pirated copy involved News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox movie studio, Australian police, and the private investigation group Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT). According to AFACT, the illegal "Simpsons" copy was recorded by a cell phone in a Sydney cinema on July 26 - hours before its release in most of the world - and uploaded to a video-hosting site based in the US.
"Within 72 hours of making and uploading this unauthorized recording, AFACT had tracked it to other streaming sites and P2P (peer-to-peer) systems, where it had been illegally downloaded in excess of 110,000 times, and in all probability, copied and sold as a pirate DVD all over the world," said AFACT executive director Adrianne Pecotic .