Remember the girl who was messing around with her digital camera during a screening of New Moon, and got arrested for having a few minutes of the film saved on her camera? After some time in jail, and a court appearance, Cook Country prosecutors dropped the criminal charges against Samantha Tumpach, stating that the statute used to arrest needs both the consent of the theater and the film's producers. Summit didn't want to proceed with the charges, so they were dropped. Tumpach's attorney says she is currently thinking over legal action and has retained civil attorneys.

This is after director Chris Weitz weighed in on the issue with the following: "the case seems to me terribly unfair and I would like to do what I can to address this." He continued: "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."

Summit, meanwhile, has issued the following statement: "In regards to the situation with Samantha Tumpach, we applaud Muvico for upholding the zero tolerance policy on piracy when the incident occurred at their theater in Rosemont, IL. The pirating of films is a very serious issue and we all need to remain vigilant to protect the art of film and the myriad of businesses that the film industry supports. We believe that the attention that this incident has drawn, has served as a reminder to us all that any form of film piracy, or perceived piracy, will be treated with the utmost seriousness. Summit is pleased that all charges against Ms. Tumpach have been dropped and appreciate the efforts of the police and the prosecutors in this outcome."

I'd say applauding the theater's actions is a bit much, since the actions were more worthy of theater-banning and card deletion than a couple nights in jail, but at least the matter is over.
categories Movies, Cinematical