Carmine Caridi has been sued by Warner Bros. and Sony for copyright infringement. Caridi, whose Oscar screener tapes were allegedly posted on the Internet illegally by Russell Sprague, is being target

Carmine Caridi has been sued by Warner Bros. and Sony for copyright infringement. Caridi, whose Oscar screener tapes were allegedly posted on the Internet illegally by Russell Sprague, is being targeted because he signed an agreement not to share screeners sent to him by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Sprague was arrested Jan. 22 by the FBI after an investigation launched by Warner Bros. traced illegal Internet copies of its films "The Last Samurai" and "Mystic River" to him. Caridi told the FBI that he had shared his screeners with Sprague over the past five years.

Sprague, an Illinois resident, is currently being extradited to Los Angeles, and an arraignment will be scheduled in February. In a bail hearing in Chicago, he claimed he was not involved in putting Caridi's screeners online.

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