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Marvel subpoenas Google to hunt down Avengers 2 trailer leak source


By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

November 7, 2014 | 3 min read

Marvel has reportedly issued Google with a subpoena to track down the individual responsible for leaking the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron trailer onto YouTube ahead of the offical launch of the clip.

Marvel is concerned the leaker may have an early cut of the movie

Immediately following the teaser's leak, Marvel hit Google with a takedown notice on 22 December claiming the footage violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

On Twitter the upload was blamed on the franchise’s prominent villain Hydra, in a well-received tweet.

As a result of the leak, the firm was forced to release the trailer earlier than expected - with it originally touted for an ad break during TV show Marvel: Agents of Shield.

Despite the video being viewed over 56 million times on YouTube alone, Marvel on Friday had a subpoena request approved by a California federal court forcing Google to disclose information regarding the leaker who goes by “John Gazelle”, according to Mashable.

To track down the source of the upload, Marvel requested from Google, the IP address of the Google Drive account where the file was allegedly originated from, in addition to the user’s YouTube and Google plus data.

Google will have to provide the requested information by 18 November.

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