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Piracy Fight: "Twilight" Distrib Summit Bites Pic Downloaders

by Anthony Kaufman
August 5, 2011 11:00 AM
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In a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Summit Entertainment, distributors of the "Twilight" series, are going after an Argentine women, with fangs baring, claiming she leaked stolen photos from the set of "Breaking Dawn."

According to Variety, the Argentinian woman accused of pirating the images has insisted that she's innocent. In a revealing statement, the studio said, "First and most important this is NOT about greed or the studio wanting to bully a woman from a small town in Argentina. Rather, it is about stolen material that is private and sensitive which was obtained by illegally accessing private/secure servers as well as personal email accounts."

Really? It sure sounds like a studio trying to bully a woman from a small town in Argentina.

At a news conference in her native town of Posada, Santia said she merely came across the scenes while surfing the Internet, according to an A.P. report.

"I closed everything and that was it," she said. "I couldn't do it again even if I wanted to. You enter by navigating, entering by different links. I only saw it, I didn't distribute it like they say."

Summit claims the woman had accessed servers and email accounts via a systematic attack. "Additionally there is indisputable evidence linking her directly to IP addresses that were used in the unauthorized access," Summit said. "Her actions appear to be premeditated and not done on a whim, but rather using technology and tactics that require thought as well as time and skill."

But whether the woman is innocent or guilty is somewhat beside the point: the studios might need to realize that online audiences distributing and redistributing content, legally or not, is actually the way buzz is spread and media functions in today's world. They no longer have control over their material like they once did. Resistance is futile.

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