After the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked, Marvel played it cool: the company sent takedown notices for the trailer, but soon released an official version, and even made light of the situation on Twitter. But internally, it seems, Marvel wasn't so pleased. On Tuesday, the company asked a judge for a subpoena against Google so it could determine the identity of the leaker. Yesterday, the subpoena was granted.
Information on "John Gazelle"
Marvel asked for information on pseudonymous user "John Gazelle," who uploaded a version of the trailer to Google Drive. The judge agreed, telling Google to fork over the IP address of the person who uploaded the leaked file to Drive, as well as the IP addresses associated with the person's Google+ and YouTube accounts. On November 18, Google will have to appear in court with that information.
It's no surprise Marvel would try cracking down on leaks. This summer, a full-length version of the new Expendables movie leaked ahead of its release, and the movie was ultimately a flop. But a new Avengers movie is even bigger — certain to be the blockbuster event of the year — and Marvel doesn't wants everything released outside its own schedule.