ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Kit Simpson Browne

When it comes to making some of the most beloved movies of all time, Lucasfilm holds as much expertise as pretty much anyone else in the business. With six Star Wars films (and three more to come), four Indiana Jones movies, Labyrinth, Willow and The Land Before Time under the company's belt, it's not real surprise that Lucasfilm has, since its foundation in 1971, become legendary among movie-geeks like all of us.

It's slightly concerning, then, to see that Lucasfilm has recently become almost as well know for its litigiousness as its epic film output.

Case in point:

Lucasfilm are Totally Suing Whoever Leaked THAT Star Wars Episode VII Image

Specifically, the one which, way back in October 2014, revealed the mysterious, cross-guard lightsaber-wielding Kylo Ren - way before the trailer did.

(Wondering which one exactly? Well, you might just be able to track it down right here...)

Now, technically, Lucasfilm doesn't actually seem to have begun legal proceedings against anyone as of yet - the reason for which is exactly how we've all come to find out this news...

Lucasfilm is Subpeonaing the Original Leaker's Information

Or, at least, they're trying to. The image was originally uploaded onto Imageshack by user Darth_Simi, and Lucasfilm has now - according to the Courthouse News Service - filed a subpeona request against the 'Shack in order to work out just who Darth_Simi is.

All of which means...what exactly?

Well, primarily, that Lucasfilm is clearly aiming to open up legal proceedings against the user who uploaded the images - but it also implies that the company is planning on taking the leaks they've suffered over the past few months as seriously as possible.

But is That a Good Thing?

Well, that depends entirely on how you feel about leaks - and the law.

Posting such copyrighted material without the express permission of its owner is, after all, breaking the law - but for many, it's a largely outdated interpretation of it, and one that deserves to be fought against. Lucasfilm has, after all, been highly litigious in the past - only last year suing the Empire Brewing Company for releasing a beer named 'Strikes Bock' (making it an Empire Strikes Bock). That's taking a pretty hard line on copyright infringement, and one that's difficult to do anything but make fun of.

Cue shooting themselves in the...foot joke.
Cue shooting themselves in the...foot joke.

On the flip side, though, the law is the law - and on a more practical note, leaks such as the one Lucasfilm is investigating can dramatically influence the public perception of a movie, irrespective of whether the leaked information or image has any bearing on the final product.

Ultimately, then, the question of who's right and who's wrong in this particular case comes down - yet again - to being something each of us has to decide for ourselves.

In the meantime, though, let's all take another look at just how awesome that Star Wars trailer (featuring our first OFFICIAL look at Kylo Ren) was...

What do you guys reckon, though? Is Lucasfilm right to sue anyone who leaks their copyrighted material, or are they taking it too far? Do you think we'll see any major Star Wars leaks? If so, what'll they be?



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