Director Of New Moon Says Jailing Of Girl For Snippets Of Video Of His Movie Is 'Terribly Unfair'

from the it-is,-isn't-it? dept

While he has no official say in the matter, it is still worth noting that Chris Weitz, the director of the movie New Moon has said that he thinks it's "terribly unfair" that a 22-year-old girl was jailed and now faces felony charges because her attempt to film some of her sister's birthday celebration caught less than four minutes of New Moon on her video camera (found via Copycense). Weitz is not the copyright holder and has no real say in what happens, but he does note that he's talking to Summit Entertainment, the studio who made the film, to let them know of his concerns, to see if there's anything that can be done.

Of course, what should be done is that the law should be changed so we don't have these ridiculous situations at all. And hopefully he would stand behind such a proposal. In the meantime, it's just yet another in a long line of examples of the law creating punishment that is way out of proportion with the "crime" when it comes to copyright and copying of content.

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    Hephaestus (profile), 10 Dec 2009 @ 9:57am

    Wait until 24 songs will get you 24 years consecutively ....

    It seems that we are getting to the point where we will be "getting tough" on piracy, turning civil cases into criminal. With a felony theft being around $2,500 in most states, imagine how much time $80,000 x 24 worth of music will get you ....

    .... welcome to the wonderful world of IP maximalism, and have a nice stay

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