Chris Weitz Blasts Authorities Over ‘New Moon’ Piracy Arrest
In Hollywood, piracy is no laughing matter. And when it comes to Twilight, authorities are ready to draw blood. Last week, a Chicago woman was arrested at the Rosemont theater for taping the opening previews and first few minutes of New Moon with her camcorder.
She ended up spending two nights in jail. This overreaction is not surprising, considering how much muscle the major studios have thrown into anti-piracy measures. The victim — I mean, criminal, Samantha Tumpach, may face up to three years in jail. She claims that it was never her intention to record the full movie; that it was only a small part of her sister’s birthday celebration.
Producers at Summit entertainment, the studio behind the Twilight franchise, may be applauding the decision, but for New Moon director Chris Weitz, it’s a different story. He tells the Chicago Sun-Times:
There is, needless to say, a difference between trying to protect the copyright of a film and making an unfair example of someone who clearly seems not to have any intentions towards video piracy…Needless to say, the case seems to me terribly unfair and I would like to do what I can to address this. I am not sure what effect I would have on the case… The film is, after all, not my property.
What do you expect from a city so corrupt that it makes The Dark Knight, which was shot here, look like a documentary? It’s a time of technological innovation and transition, and nobody knows quite how to deal with it — especially the big wigs.