Pope Pirates: Cinema Club Torrenting Scandal Discovered

Jack Palen, Writer

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JPII has officially shut down its Cinema Club, after FBI agents reportedly discovered more than 500 gigabytes of copyrighted files while conducting a search of Room 201 on Monday.

Although co-moderator Mr. Connolly seemed upset with the school’s decision, he stood by the club’s actions.

“Do they expect us to pay an arm and a leg for these movies?” he asked. “No, sir. Not me. It’s not even stealing if it’s digital. They’re just copies.”

The school’s Cinema Club has been active for several years. According to FBI records, however, club members have downloaded more than 700 films from popular pirating sites since 2014.

“This is art,” added co-moderator Ms. Deal. “It should be free. What am I supposed to do? Buy the Alfred Hitchcock box set just to screen ‘Rear Window’? I don’t think so.”

Mr. Connolly said the club would ask to be reinstated next semester and would find alternate methods for securing films.

“I have Mrs. Smith’s Netflix password,” he said. “We can probably just use that.”

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