alerts us to the news that Peter Jackson is the latest filmmaker to go semi-ballistic over a film leaking to the internet
. His new film, The Lovely Bones
, apparently showed up online via a screener copy, leading Jackson to warn:
He stated that although up until [now] he did not hold a grudge against file sharing, he is heavily disappointed that the leak even happened to begin with. He also stated that "those responsible for the leak will be brought to justice with the maximum prosecution of the law in mind" and that "anyone who is caught illegally downloading the film will also be prosecuted to the fullest", both statements which are sure to lose him a few fans.
Jackson is definitely a director with a huge and loyal following. These are people will see his movies no matter what -- even if they happen to download them. It's a bit surprising that he would go to such an extreme, even to the point of claiming that those who are caught downloading the film will be prosecuted (though, we wonder how he's going to figure out who downloads the film). Being anti-fan is no way to build a business these days.