Marvel is subpoenaing Google for information on the person responsible for leaking the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer back in October.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Marvel is going after someone named “John Gazelle” who they belive posted a file of the film on a Google Drive account. Marvel sent a notice to Google on October 22 to have the file taken down.
However, Marvel wants more information on the person they believed leaked the footage, which could be because the person responsible for the leak works within the company. Marvel wants the user’s IP address that’s associated with the user’s Google+ and YouTube accounts.
THR was able to acquire the declaration filed in court by Matthew Slatoff, Marvel’s executive director of global security and content protection:
It’s not uncommon for popular film franchises to have footage leaked prior to their release. Given the fact that Marvel’s The Avengers film grossed over $1.5 billion at the global box office and ranks as the third highest grossing film of all time, it’s not surprising that the company wants to protect its interests. Any unauthorized release of footage could result in decreased sales and revenue for Marvel/Disney.
After the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was leaked, Marvel released the trailer ahead of schedule. It currently holds the record for their most viewed trailer ever with 343. million views in only 24 hours, surpassing the former record held by the trailer for Iron Man 3.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theatres on May 1, 2015.