In one of the most blatant examples of movie pirating in recent years, the new X-Men moves has been made available on the Internet a full month before its theatre debut.
The movie, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is set to launch on 1 May, but was leaked on to the Internet on 31 March.
According to a report in the New York Times, 20th Century Fox doesn't know how the copy – which is misses some of the special effects and carries temporary sound – was leaked.
However, it has been downloaded by hundreds of thousands of viewers and even received reviews.
The studio spent Tuesday attempting to get the movie removed from the sites where it appeared, but its was downloaded and copied to new sites so quickly it soon threw in the towel.
However, both the FBI and the Motion Picture Association of America woul continue to investigate the leak.