Marvel movie bosses have launched legal action against Google executives in a bid to prevent a possible leak of their highly-anticipated Avengers movie sequel, six months before its scheduled release.
The star-studded superhero film, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson, isn’t expected to hit movie theatres until May, but a file reportedly containing the Avengers: Age of Ultron film has allegedly been found on a Google mail user’s Drive storage account, according to EntLawDigest.com.
Chiefs at Marvel’s parent firm, the Walt Disney Company, alerted Google heads to the issue on October 22 and urged them to “act expeditiously to remove or disable access to the infringing materials”, and last week, they lodged papers in a California federal court, asking a judge to subpoena Google experts to hand over all information about the user, named as John Gazelle, to help them track down the pirate suspect and locate him via his Internet Protocol addresses.
It is not known whether Google bosses heeded the initial request to take down the file supposedly containing the film.
Marvel bosses were previously stung by movie hackers when an unfinished copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine surfaced online almost a month before its theatrical release in 2009.
The Avengers news emerges four months after Lionsgate studio executives sued those responsible for illegally leaking a DVD-quality version of Sylvester Stallone’s action movie The Expendables 3, three weeks ahead of the blockbuster’s release.