The FBI yesterday (Jan. 22) arrested an Illinois man for allegedly posting films on the Internet without authorization. The man, Russell W. Sprague Sr., is expected to appear in a Chicago federal cour

The FBI yesterday (Jan. 22) arrested an Illinois man for allegedly posting films on the Internet without authorization. The man, Russell W. Sprague Sr., is expected to appear in a Chicago federal court today (Jan. 23).

The arrest was the result of an investigation launched earlier this month by Warner Bros. after it found illegal copies of its films "The Last Samurai" and "Mystic River" online. It is believed that Sprague received screening copies of at least 11 films -- others included "Calendar Girls" and "Something's Gotta Give" -- from Carmine Caridi, a friend who is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Caridi disclosed that he had been sending film screeners to Sprague for five years because his friend is a film buff, but denied knowledge of Sprague's alleged illegal activities.