Studio tracks down Breaking Dawn hacker, criminal charges filed

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

The hacker who circulated video and pics from the unreleased Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn earlier this year might be joining the guy who leaked X-Men Origins: Wolverine behind bars, because Summit Entertainment has tracked down the culprit to the town of Posadas in northern Argentina.

After a search that ranged across North America, South America, Europe and Australia, criminal charges have been filed against Daiana Santia and others for allegedly stealing photographs, unfinished images and video from both parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

According to David C. Friedman, executive vice president and general counsel, Summit Entertainment:

"While we very much appreciate the legions of committed fans of the franchise and encourage them to create community online, we cannot ignore that property was stolen. ... It is not fair to the majority of fans that want to see the final chapter of the Twilight Saga film franchise fully realized by the filmmaker and dedicated cast and crew to have these images out and available on the Internet."

Interestingly, those spoilerific pic and clips got less play than you might expect, because the creators begged fans to not look and not share with a statement that said, in part:

"Please, for those who are posting, stop. And please, though the temptation is high, don't view or pass on these images. Wait for the film in its beautiful, finished entirety to thrill you."

And, for the most part, they didn't!

What would you have done in the face of such a plea? Look? Not look? Would you have been able to resist?

(via Deadline)

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