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Lucasfilm Hunts ‘Star Wars’ Photo Leaker

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Lucasfilm is searching for whoever leaked a photo of the new "Star Wars" movie on an image-sharing network.

The film company filed a subpoena request in federal court today against ImageShack, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Lucasfilm seeks information that will identify user "Darth_Simi," who allegedly posted at least one unauthorized image to the ImageShack site on Oct. 29, 2014.

In the court filing, Lucasfilm referred to the leaked image as "Star Wars Episode VII Costume Design and Photograph." It cites a link leading to a picture of a masked figure clad in black, and holding a red crossguard-style lightsaber.

As of Friday afternoon, the image had 337 views.

Lucasfilm asked ImageShack to take down the image today.

The new Star Wars film is called "Episode VII: The Force Awakens." The first teaser trailer for the movie appeared last November and featured a character that looks similar to the one in the allegedly infringing photo.

"The Force Awakens" hits theaters Dec. 18, 2015.

Contact Arvin Temkar at [email protected]


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