Any intellectual property related to the alleged crimes ofColton Harris-Moore, known as the “Barefoot Bandit," is property of the United States, federal prosecutors said in an indictment Wednesday.
The indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle states that Colton Harris-Moore would not be allowed to profit from a book or movie deal that focused on his two-year crime spree, which spanned from the U.S. and Canada to the Bahamas.
Harris-Moore made headlines in 2008 when he escaped from a juvenile detention center and committed a series of burglaries on Camano Island in the Puget Sound. He was seen running barefoot, which is how he earned the nickname "Barefoot Bandit."
Harris-Moore’s run from the law ended after a dramatic high-speed boat chase in the Bahamas in July 2010.
In April 2010, FOX bought the feature rights to "Taking Flight: The Hunt For A Young Outlaw." According to Variety magazine, the movie is based on a book author Bob Friel is writing. Friel has profiled Harris-Moore in the adventure magazine "Outside" and his blog, Outlaws and Outcasts.
The indictment would require Harris-Moore to forfeit "any and all intellectual property or other proprietary rights belonging to the defendant, based upon or pertaining to any narration, description, publication, dissemination or disclosure of information relating to any conduct" in the charges.
Any proceeds or royalties Harris-Moore received from projects like "Taking Flight: The Hunt For A Young Outlaw," would qualify as intellectual property under the indictment.
Harris-Moore has been indicted with a laundry list of charges related to his 2008-2010 crime spree. He is being held in a federal detention center in Seattle awaiting trial.