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Sylvester Stallone: 'Piracy Is Wrecking Hollywood'

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Aug 08, 2014 | 9:58am EDT

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Movie veteran Sylvester Stallone fears the surge in online movie piracy is wrecking the film industry and costing crewmembers their jobs.

The Rocky star was left frustrated last month (Jul14) when his new action sequel The Expendables 3 leaked online, three weeks ahead of its scheduled release date.

More than 100,000 copies of the blockbuster were downloaded within hours, and Stallone has now spoken out to warn the prevalence of piracy on the Internet is costing jobs and damaging the film industry.

He tells Sky News, "I understand people want to get something for nothing. Who doesn't? But it effects the fact that studios will start to lose confidence and they won't put big, big numbers in and a lot of people lose their jobs. It's a ripple effect."

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