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Guilty plea from Star Wars pirate
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The final Star Wars film was released in the US in May
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.

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.


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