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U.S. District Court grants subpoena over 'Avengers' trailer leak

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IRON MAN HULKBUSTER
Marvel Entertainment

Marvel’s response to the recent Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer leak was swift—soon after the video hit the web, the studio abandoned its plans to debut it during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D the following week and released their own, high-res version right away. It paid off, breaking streaming records despite the leak.

But the story doesn’t end there—on Marvel’s request, Google has been subpoenaed by a federal judge to produce information relating to the source of the leak.

According to the documents filed by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and obtained by DeadlineGoogle has been commanded to bring “all identifying information for the user ‘John Gazelle,’ “the Google account that leaked the trailer. The information is to be brought to Latham and Watkins LLP, a San Francisco firm, on November 18 for “inspection, copying, testing, or sampling.”

Given the remarkable speed of the legal recourse taken by Marvel Studios, it seems that Disney is quite keen on sending a message to the internet at large: Don’t leak their stuff.