Lucasfilm Files Subpoena to Locate Source of Leaked ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Image

Lucasfilm Files Subpoena to Locate Source of Leaked ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Image


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!

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  1. James Worthington
    January 31, 2015 at 14:54 Reply

    I have found that most bloggers and sites are doing a good job of either being spoiler free or hiding spoilers behind a link. Not all of course. Those who don’t are the same kids that peeked at their Christmas presents in their parents’ closet. I enjoy the antici—


    1. Lisa
      January 31, 2015 at 15:15 Reply

      One year, when I was little, I found my Christmas presents in my parent’s closet – and I peeked. Yeesh….. I loved my presents, but Christmas morning was so ho-hum.

      There are some instances where I don’t mind spoilers too much – but for Star Wars, I want a shiny new experience in that theater!

  2. Kathy Griffee
    January 31, 2015 at 15:38 Reply

    I’ve blocked all Star Wars related pages, except for Coffee with Kenobi and Bearded Trio because of the rumors and speculation. Can’t anyone believe there are people out there who hate spoilers? I think there are people out there who specifically aim to spoil.

    I read the ROTS novel before I saw the movie and I sat there the whole time saying (to myself) “I know what’s going to happen”. Sure, in my mind’s eye, the visual effects weren’t as spectacular, but nothing was surprising. Never again.

    So, thank you for no spoilers!

    1. Lisa
      January 31, 2015 at 15:58 Reply

      You’re welcome!

      I tried to stay spoiler-free for ROTS, but then I received a special edition magazine in the mail – a few weeks before the movie came out – and the first image I flipped to was a full-color still of Anakin all burnt to a crisp, limbs cut off, screaming at Obi-Wan. Ruined that whole scene for myself….. grrrr.

  3. Melinda
    February 2, 2015 at 06:50 Reply

    I appreciate your “rant”, Lisa. 🙂 I am right there with you. If someone wants to know what is going to happen or be privy to some tidbit, s/he should exercise some self control and keep that info to her/himself. I suppose that takes away the impression of being the “town crier” — but this isn’t life or death information. “KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!” I say — forcefully — to anyone who wants to try to ruin a movie/story/whatever (in this case, TFA) for the rest of us!

    Maybe there are some people out there who think — because the trailer was released last November, and it contained some images to intrigue us — that everything now is fair game. They’re wrong! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — there’s an art to trailers and how they’re created.

    Let’s lock arms and not let any news get out. 🙂

    Thank you for adding your two cents. 🙂

  4. Pam Bruchwalski
    February 2, 2015 at 17:28 Reply

    I agree with no spoilers, too, and I avoid most websites having to do with Star Wars for that reason. I can’t say that spoilers are always bad, necessarily. Sometimes I LIKE knowing what’s going to happen so that I can anticipate and revel in it when I see it. But with SW, with THIS film, the galaxy is wide open, and I want it to STAY that way. I have NO idea where this film is going, plot wise, and I want my imagination to stay raw and anxious until I see that scroll. This feeling…is fun.

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