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January 30, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz
Russell William Sprague, the Illinois man accused of illegally copying scores of awards-consideration movie screening tapes, is set to be indicted and arraigned Feb. 17 in federal court in Los Angeles. Sprague, who put up his house in Homewood, Ill., as collateral to meet the $25,000 bond for his release, is charged with copyright infringement and illegal interception of a satellite signal. According to a complaint filed Jan.
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February 22, 2004 | Patrick Day, Times Staff Writer
We talk about it as if it were a storm front, or a rock band, some highly concentrated force of nature given to predictable patterns of behavior offset by sudden inexplicable shifts in direction and secret internal activity -- this year, small films are hot, comedies are not.
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February 5, 2004 | Patrick Day
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted unanimously Tuesday night to expel member Carmine Caridi. The 42-member board decided to revoke Caridi's membership after the 69-year-old actor admitted to the FBI that he had passed on Academy Award "screener tapes" to another person, violating a signed agreement. The tapes were given to Russell William Sprague of Homewood, Ill., and eventually wound up on the Internet.
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February 5, 2004 | Patrick Day
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted unanimously Tuesday night to expel member Carmine Caridi. The 42-member board decided to revoke Caridi's membership after the 69-year-old actor admitted to the FBI that he had passed on Academy Award "screener tapes" to another person, violating a signed agreement. The tapes were given to Russell William Sprague of Homewood, Ill., and eventually wound up on the Internet.
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February 22, 2004 | Patrick Day, Times Staff Writer
We talk about it as if it were a storm front, or a rock band, some highly concentrated force of nature given to predictable patterns of behavior offset by sudden inexplicable shifts in direction and secret internal activity -- this year, small films are hot, comedies are not.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2004 | Jon Healey, Alex Pham
A man accused of illegally copying more than 40 Academy Award "screeners" agreed to plead guilty to one count of copyright infringement, but a few hours later he unexpectedly balked at consummating the deal. A federal grand jury had indicted 51-year-old Russell W. Sprague of Homewood, Ill., on charges that he illegally copied movies he had received from actor Carmine Caridi. Appearing before Judge George H. King, Sprague admitted that he had made and redistributed more than 10 illegal copies.
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February 13, 1989
More than 5,000 people, most of them men and many of them homeless Vietnam War veterans, were fed turkey or beef dinners Sunday at the Third Annual Homeless Heroes Feast sponsored bythe Vietnam Veterans Aid Foundation. The event at Patriotic Hall, on the edge of downtown Los Angeles, was marked by the award of $80,000, raised from private sources by the organization, to 10 Vietnam veterans' organizations from throughout the country.
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January 17, 2004 | Patrick Day
The FBI has joined the investigation into how a screener tape sent to an Oscar voter, actor Carmine Caridi, became the source of a pirated Internet copy of the romantic comedy "Something's Gotta Give." An FBI spokesperson confirmed the bureau was looking into "the entire screener matter." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it would continue its own inquiry into how screeners intended for two academy members, Caridi and Ivan Kruglak, made it onto the Internet.
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December 3, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
A Chicago man has been ordered by a federal judge to pay $309,600 to Sony Pictures Entertainment's Columbia Pictures unit for illegally copying two movies and distributing them via the Internet. Russell Sprague, 52, was sued by Columbia Pictures in January for pirating two films the studio was pushing during the last Oscar season, "Something's Gotta Give" and "Big Fish." Sentencing for Sprague, who pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges, is scheduled for Dec. 20.
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January 29, 2004 | Patrick Day, Times Staff Writer
Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures filed separate lawsuits Wednesday against actor Carmine Caridi and his friend Russell W. Sprague in connection with the piracy of Academy Awards "screener" tapes. The studios, which accused Caridi and Sprague of unauthorized copying and distribution of copyrighted material, are seeking minimum damages of $150,000 per pirated film from each defendant. The movies include "The Last Samurai" and "Mystic River" from Warner Bros.
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January 30, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz
Russell William Sprague, the Illinois man accused of illegally copying scores of awards-consideration movie screening tapes, is set to be indicted and arraigned Feb. 17 in federal court in Los Angeles. Sprague, who put up his house in Homewood, Ill., as collateral to meet the $25,000 bond for his release, is charged with copyright infringement and illegal interception of a satellite signal. According to a complaint filed Jan.
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March 1, 2005 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
A man awaiting sentencing in Los Angeles in the biggest federal Internet movie piracy case to date was found dead in his jail cell Monday morning, the U. S. Marshals Service said. Russell William Sprague, 52, may have died of a heart attack, authorities said. An autopsy was scheduled for today. "The whole matter is under investigation," said Brian Hoyt, associate warden of the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles. "But all indications are that it was a normal passing."
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January 14, 2004 | Patrick Day, Times Staff Writer
A copy of "The Last Samurai" has surfaced online, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the day after it announced it was investigating the appearance on the Internet of the comedy "Something's Gotta Give." The academy said Warner Bros., which distributed "The Last Samurai," reported the incident Tuesday. The studio declined to say whether it had identified the source of the unauthorized copy.
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