Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Leaks to BitTorrent Warner to Take

first_imgThe first 36 minutes of the upcoming Warner Bros.blockbuster Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has leaked to variousBitTorrent sites. The movie studio is, understandably freaking out a bit.Warner issued a strongly worded statement about the leaklast night,Last night a portion of Harry Potter and the DeathlyHallows: Part 1 was stolen and illegally posted on the Internet. Thisconstitutes a serious breach of copyright violation and theft of Warner Bros.property. We are working actively to restrict and/or remove copies that may beavailable. Also, we are vigorously investigating this matter and will prosecutethose involved to the full extent of the law. Warner has been burned before. The film’s predecessor, HarryPotter and the Half-Blood Prince, has reportedly been illegally downloaded morethan eight million times. Due to the short length–and its surprising length,some are even theorizing that Warner leaked the thing on purpose.“[T]oday’s leak may actually benefit the movie and boosttheater attendance, as long as the full version doesn’t leak out too,”TorrentFreak’s Ernesto Van der Sar said to the leak. “If the first half-hour iscompelling enough, people will have to go to the theater and pay for a ticketto see the rest. It may be going a little bit too far to suggest that WarnerBros. leaked the film intentionally, but from a business perspective it mightmake sense.”last_img