Piracy bust nails staffer at L.A. dupe house


After investigations by the Secret Service and the FBI, three Southern California men have been charged in separate instances of pirating movies, one involving a copy of "The Love Guru" meant for Jay Leno.

The other movies, all posted illegally on the Internet, were "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Australia."

Jack Yates of Porter Ranch faces the harshest potential penalties after attempting to shift blame. Lying to the FBI could earn him up to an additional five years in prison beyond the piracy charges.

Yates was an employee of Los Angeles Duplication & Broadcasting, where he was asked to make a copy of "Guru" for its client Paramount. The studio intended to supply the copy to NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" so it could air a clip.

In separate cases handled by the Secret Service, Derek Hawthorne of Moorpark is accused of uploading "Button" to a site known as Moviehogs and "Australia" to Demonoid.com, and Owen Moody of San Marcos is accused of uploading "Slumdog" to ThePirateBay.org.