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Charges dropped in Chicago 'New Moon' 'pirating' incident

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Charges have been dropped against the 22-year old Chicago woman accused of videotaping part of The Twilight Saga: New Moon at a movie theater, reported the Associated Press. Cook County prosecutors announced in court Friday that they won’t pursue charges against Samantha Tumpach, who was arrested on Nov. 28 and faced a felony charge of illegally copying the film. She had only three minutes of the movie on her digital camera. Tumpach said she was taping her sister’s birthday party and wasn’t trying to record the movie. Summit Entertainment, the studio behind New Moon, released this statement:

“We applaud Muvico for upholding the zero tolerance policy on piracy when the incident occurred at their theater in Rosemont, IL. The pirating of films is a very serious issue and we all need to remain vigilant to protect the art of film and the myriad of businesses that the film industry supports. We believe that the attention that this incident has drawn, has served as a reminder to us all that any form of film piracy, or perceived piracy, will be treated with the utmost seriousness. Summit is pleased that all charges against Ms. Tumpach have been dropped and appreciate the efforts of the police and the prosecutors in this outcome.”

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