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Forget Team Edward and Team Jacob. We want to know if Twilight fans are Team Summit or Team Daiana.
In case you hadn’t heard, Daiana Santia is a 24-year-old Argentinian economics student who was named in a U.S. court suit filed by Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the Twilight saga, that claimed Santia hacked into secure servers and pirated unfinished scenes from Bill Condon’s two part Breaking Dawn adaptation. The studio alleges that Santia and her father, Hector, broke into secure computers, copied images from Condon’s film, and posted them on various social networking sites. We knew Twilight fans were hardcore about learning as much as they possibly could about the forthcoming movies, but that was going to the extreme in terms of movie gossip cyber-journalism.
Only Santia, at a press conference today in Buenos Aires, claimed she didn’t hack any server and never stole an image. She admits that she looked at images from the movie on the Internet, but tells The AP that she “closed everything and that was it.”
"I couldn't do it again even if I wanted to. You enter by navigating, entering by different links. I only saw it, I didn't distribute it like they say," she said during a news conference.
But Summit isn’t buying it. And the studio promptly issued a statement in response, claiming that the lawsuit “is NOT about greed or the Studio wanting to bully a woman from a small town in Argentina - rather, it is about stolen material that is private and sensitive which was obtained by illegally accessing private/secure servers as well as personal email accounts.” The studio’s official response goes on to say that Summit tried to resolve their issues with Santia in good faith, but was left with no other option beside legal action.
“Prior to said action the studio clearly communicated to Ms. Santia and her representatives that a press release would be distributed naming the actions being taken as well as naming her specifically,” Summit states. The studio then goes on to list dates and times when they met with the Santia family, where it was revealed that Santia “confessed to the intrusions” and admitted “in the presence of her attorney that she accessed servers and email accounts via a systematic attack.”
This heated back-and-forth is proving to be more exciting than any Twilight film, to date. What lengths 24-year-old girls will go to in order to access early shots or RPatz and KStew. Summit fully admits that legal recourse would not have been necessary if Santia had only cooperated with the studio in the first place. Now both sides have drawn blood, and we can only hope Aaron Sorkin is somewhere taking notes for a Social Network-style screenplay we’d love to see in theaters by next Oscar season.