Jedi News is reporting that Lucasfilm has filed a subpoena in federal court in order to locate the person who uploaded a leaked image of a character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the image sharing website ImageShack.
From Courthouse News Service:
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Lucasfilm is searching for whoever leaked a photo of the new “Star Wars” movie on an image-sharing network.
The film company filed a subpoena request in federal court today against ImageShack, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Lucasfilm seeks information that will identify user “Darth_Simi,” who allegedly posted at least one unauthorized image to the ImageShack site on Oct. 29, 2014.
In the court filing, Lucasfilm referred to the leaked image as “Star Wars Episode VII Costume Design and Photograph.” It cites a link leading to a picture of a masked figure clad in black, and holding a red crossguard-style lightsaber.
As of Friday afternoon, the image had 337 views.
Lucasfilm asked ImageShack to take down the image today.
The new Star Wars film is called “Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” The first teaser trailer for the movie appeared last November and featured a character that looks similar to the one in the allegedly infringing photo.
Obviously, Lucasfilm takes this sort of thing very seriously – As well they should. Anyone in possession of images – either photos, videos, or concept art – from The Force Awakens might want to think twice before they attempt to post them online. Seriously.
Lucasfilm has been fair in what they’ve shared with fans, in my opinion – No doubt they will share more with us in due time. Remember the “old days” before the internet when we knew almost nothing before going into a Star Wars film? Or any film, for that matter. Of course those days are gone, but there are still fans out there – those of us here at Coffee With Kenobi, for example – who are trying to recapture that time by choosing to stay as spoiler-free as possible. Is it easy? Not. At. All. However, our efforts will be worth it come December when The Force Awakens hits the big screen and we’ll get to see the movie without already having “seen the movie” via spoilers and leaks, such as what was posted on ImageShack.
Anyway, that’s my rant for today. 😉 May the spoiler-free Force be with us all!