Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chris Weitz Defends Arrested Woman

I thought this was ree-dick when I heard about it earlier in the week, and I am glad to hear others do too — especially when one of the "others" is the film's director.

Chris Weitz, director of The Twilight Saga: New Moon is coming to the defense of a Chicago woman facing prison time for videotaping part of the film.

Chris told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was dismayed to hear about Samantha Tumpach's Nov. 28 arrest at a Rosemont movie theater. She faces a felony charge of illegally copying Weitz's new film and could get three years in prison if convicted.

Tumpach was found with about three minutes of New Moon on her digital camera. She says she was taping her sister's birthday party at the theater and wasn't trying to record the movie.

In his e-mail to the Sun-Times, Weitz says there's a difference between trying to protect the film's copyright and prosecuting someone who "clearly seems not to have any intentions toward video piracy."

Weitz says he's contacted the film's studio about his concerns.

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