While I was sleeping and trying to adapt to working overnights this week, a high-quality work print of "Wolverine" was leaked to the internet a full month before the film is scheduled to be released. Some are saying this is the biggest leak for a major film in movie history.
What I find interesting is the stance that Harry Knowles' Aint It Cool News has taken.
"I don't want to encourage piracy at a time when the studios are laying off employees in droves." Says "Beaks" a minion in the army of fanatics that the site has. "This is bad, bad, bad for the business."
Oh really? It's OK for a site like AICN to build its reputation and subsequent geek empire by leaking information about films in progress, posting early drafts of scripts, divulging casting decisions and generally infuriating marketing departments everywhere, but GAWD forbid that someone involved in the film leak a work print out there for fanboys to see a month early.
I don't condone movie piracy and the person that uploaded the work print will most certainly be found and face time in FPMITA prison soon enough. But the hypocrisy of what AICN has so boldly stated leaves me totally slack jawed.