A man has pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to unlawfully putting a copy of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith on the internet ahead of its release.
The final Star Wars film was released in the US in May
Marc Hoaglin, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of uploading a work being prepared for distribution, the US attorney's office said.
New US laws make uploading a film before its DVD release a federal crime.
Hoaglin, who uploaded the film the night before it appeared in cinemas, faces up to three years in prison.
He will be sentenced in March.
Hoaglin told a judge in Los Angeles he obtained a pre-release copy of the film from a colleague in May.
Prosecutors said the copy had been stolen from a post-production company hired by the Lucasfilm studio to put finishing touches on the film.
Seven others were charged in September for their alleged involvement in obtaining and copying the film.