Woman Accused Of Stealing Breaking Dawn Images Holds Press Conference

Daiana Santia, the woman from Posada, Argentina that Summit Entertainment named as a hacker in the leaked Breaking Dawn images, held a press conference today to protest her innocence.

According to the following sources: La Voz de Misiones (second article), Los Andes Online, Notecine,

  • Daiana Santia claims that she only saw images while surfing the web. She claims not to have sent images to anyone, not to have logged in any where to see them, and denies having the technical knowledge on how to hack anything. She claims she did nothing more than many fans did and just viewed images on the Internet.
  • She and her family (her father Hector is also named in the legal papers filed in California, presumably because the bill for the Internet is in his name) claim that over the last month they were harassed by movie producers demanding to see her hard drive. She claims through her attorney that she would not turn over her computer because of the personal items that are on it and because she is innocent.
  • Her attorneys claim that any legal action should go through Argentine courts first and Argentine authorities should investigate. Specifically mentioned is the Technology Crimes Division based in Buenos Aires.
  • Via her attorney, it was stated that the Santia family is considering a counterclaim against Summit Entertainment for harassment and defamation of character

If you understand Spanish, you can watch and listen to the press conference at this link.

Comments

  1. Veronica says:

    If she is so innocent as she says then giving them her computer should not be a problem. It would prove her statement.

  2. This is hysterically funny. A press conference? Will she want a reality show next?

    Cannot believe how f***ed up this chick is. Even if she was telling the truth, there is no way she didn’t keep those pics to herself.

  3. If she’s as innocent as she claims, handing over her hard drive would be no issue. Reagrdless of the “personal info” she has on it. You want to prove your innocence, that’s the way to do it. Show them you have nothing to hide. Except it looks like she does.

  4. I agree that stealing property like this should be prosecuted. It might just be movie photos, but if she hacked into a private system for something small like that, what will she do if she desperately needs money? It’s a crime no matter what she hacked it for.

    But I don’t think we people in the comments should rush to telling her “if she’s so innocent, give them her hard drives to prove it”. If I was accused of this, I’d never just offer to hand over my computer to prove my innocence. If I didn’t do anything wrong, nobody has any business to touch my stuff just because they’re accusing me of something. People are innocent in my mind until proven guilty.

    Then of course, if they get enough evidence for a warrant, that’s another story ;)

    • I’m guessing that little IP from Argentina that was splayed across the footage was hers. I don’t buy she’s innocent for a second.

      • There is no way Summit picked her name from her just surfing the web. That’s impossible. That would be like me blindly throwing a paper airplane and saying whoever it hits is guilty.

        They must have either emails, or chat logs or some trace to her IP address. It’s probably her IP address since her father is named too.

        Sounds like she and her lawyers don’t know a thing about cleaning up your online footprint.

  5. She’s guilty. If I were in her shoes and I’m claiming my innocence I would cooperate fully to clear my name. She won’t do it because she’s guilty. Summit and their represenation wouldn’t harrass her and her family, as she claims, if they didn’t have substantial evidence that proved she took the pics.

  6. who the hell does an american company think they are to harrass anyone least of all in a foreign country to submit their personal belongings under some grounds they have obtain “proof” God knows respecting what laws?! If they have the so-called proof, sovereign countries have their legal methods to see justice made.
    Summit is not above the law!

    • Actually there are international laws with concerns intellectual property stealing. Granted not all companies comply… ergo China… India… just to name a few. The fact that Summit was able to press charges with her, means that the Argentinian government has sided with their case.

  7. ummm… Why would anyone turn over anything to a movie executive or their attorney? I’m not sure what the people who have commented here are thinking, but you don’t EVER turn over anything of yours without a warrant, subpoena, or upon advice of legal counsel–innocent or guilty, it doesn’t matter. Ever heard of: innocent until proven guilty, McCarthyism and blacklisting, most South American dictatorships…

    No one should ever have to turn over anything of theirs, personal or not, to prove their innocence to the movie industry or the press. Those who bring claims of illegality are the ones who have to prove it, at least in any free society. If Summit’s attorneys have the proof or enough leading info, then they can convince a judge to subpoena the requisite info and computer systems.

    I wouldn’t turn anything over either until a judge or the cops made me–her refusal says NOTHING about her guilt or innocence, rather that she has a good head on her shoulders and somewhat sound legal counsel.

    The idea that people should just turn over personal information or property to prove their innocence against any claim, baseless or not, is the kind of mob mentality and amoral media-fed psychosis good societies crumble from–it’s the kind of justification dictators and fanatics use to imprison their rivals. It’s not a far cry from calling citizens who disagree unpatriotic. It’s small minded and trigger happy.

    • You are quite correct. In ALL cases the accused shouldn’t turn over material of any sort without taking legal consultation. It is quite common for larger companies to bully individuals into complying with their wishes with threats of serious lawsuite allegations.

      White Wolf Inc (a table top RPG company) is notorious for filing copyright infridgment lawsuites against anything that has a werewolf on it, often requesting writers and such to turn over manuscripts for them to review.

      No matter what anybody says, if a person is accused of stealing material, legally speaking, it is up to the lawyers to request said material as proof during a court hearing.

      Unfortunately folks in the entertainment business this a common practice, as it helps the larger companies end, what could be a lenghty lawsuite.

    • taylorandrobarehot says:

      You know what? I had to do a whole report in school about McCarthyism and the events living up to it. But just because summit is doing this it does not mean that its McCarthyism. It is their legal right to sue her for hacking which they have proof of and not just hacking but stealing things that are not open to the public and we don’t know maybe summit isn’t telling the public that she took private info from the emails and they didn’t want to embarrass her anymore they didn’t want it to even come to the United states. I will be the first to admit that It’s a long shot but its a possibility if she went as far as to hack for info that will be out soon then why not get info that won’t come out? Either way she shouldn’t have done what she did.

  8. I don’t care if your in another country. They took american files out and put them all around the internet. If she is not guilty then give up the computer

  9. She is taking action against summit…..Guilty much? Only doing this to try and twist things. Which in turn screams Guilty!!

  10. It has nothing to do with handing over a hard drive. The fact that Summit demanded for her hard drive without any legal backing (no authoritative order) and then made the allegations world wide is the problem. No matter whether she is innocent or not, she has already been judged in the court of public opinion. No matter what she does, the WORLD will see her as a thief and it’s obvious just by reading the posts here. Her only choice now is to wait to receive notice of an official indictment by her government or from the US (none of which has occurred yet!).
    So yes, if I were her, I will wait for someone to hand me an official notice that I am required BY LAW to hand over my property.

  11. I’ve talked A LOT about this on my blog… Bottom line:

    You break the law you are punished, BUT this is a foreign fan vs. a major studio.

    I hope Summit is fair and not a bully…. The punishment should fit the crime….

    Who was hurt? What are the consequences?

    The “poor spoiled fans” angle does NOT fly with me!! If you don’t want to be spoiled, or see leaks…Don’t look!! I know FAR More fans who are trying to FIND leaked photos than avoid seeing them!

    The only one HARMED is the studio… And how badly?

    I’m anxious to see how this plays out!

  12. I’ve talked A LOT about this on my blog… Bottom line:
    You break the law you are punished, BUT this is a foreign fan vs. a major studio.
    I hope Summit is fair and not a bully…. The punishment should fit the crime….

    Who was hurt? What are the consequences?
    The “poor spoiled fans” angle does NOT fly with me!! If you don’t want to be spoiled, or see leaks…Don’t look!! I know FAR More fans who are trying to FIND leaked photos than avoid seeing them!
    The only one HARMED is the studio… And how badly?

    I’m anxious to see how this plays out!

  13. I’ve talked A LOT about this on my blog… Bottom line:
    You break the law you are punished, BUT this is a foreign fan vs. a major studio.
    I hope Summit is fair and not a bully…. The punishment should fit the crime….

    Who was hurt? What are the consequences?
    The “poor spoiled fans” angle does NOT fly with me!! If you don’t want to be spoiled, or see leaks…Don’t look!! I know FAR More fans who are trying to FIND leaked photos than avoid seeing them!
    The only one HARMED is the studio… And how badly?
    I’m anxious to see how this plays out!

    • I’m sorry she is an adult woman who hacked a server and personal emails. It’s theft plain and simple and took things that weren’t hers. It ridiculous that anyone tries to excuse what is a simple matter of theft.

      • I agree theft is theft but I also firmly believe innocent until proven guilty and the law is the law. I find it shocking that Summit asked for her hard drive don’t they know that if they did find something it would thrown out in court because they didn’t have justice cause and/or a warrant.

  14. don’t we all have these pics on our hard drives? are we all guilty also?

    • @Melissa – You’re right. There are tons of fans that do have those photos on their hard drives, retweeted links, reblogged on Tumblr, compiled and uploaded to YouTube and Vimeo, emailed to friends, etc. Fans who wanted to avoid seeing them had to bail off of Twitter and Tumblr for a long time. If the main proof of her guilt is that the photos exist on her hard drive, then there’s a few million other people to prosecute as well.

      I think the most common location people were storing the photos was in the income tax data folders or in something titled, “Come and get me f***ers.” (Their words, not mine.) Others the day of the leak were genuinely concerned that they might be hit with a large fine simply for looking at the photos and sharing with friends they knew would like to see them, too. It’s like driving by an accident; it’s very hard to look away.

      Following a tech trail of the original source of a leak is very difficult. Just try finding the very first tweet of a trending hash tag sometime.

      If indeed Summit’s servers and emails were being systematically assaulted for months, as they claim, that shows a serious vulnerability in their computer security. They’re good at the bullying security (guards in Squamish!) but not at the tech that really matters.

      Santia claims, if you look at the complete press conference, that she was just surfing around and found a link in here, which linked to this there … which is exactly how the Breaking Dawn trailer was discovered early the afternoon of the MTV Movie Awards. I’ve been sitting on a blog post of how that particular leak happened (pictures! tweets! clueless MTV social media interns! and way more than I ever wanted to know about test and production servers!), waiting to see if there would ever be a statement, but there has not. Sounds like it’s time to speak up. Poor IMDb got screwed in that leak. The MTVMA advertisers made out okay – most watched show in MTVMA history.

      So if I publish that tomorrow, I should get my subpoena around what date? Or if I led the charmed life of Jack Dorsey, when would the job offer come?

    • taylorandrobarehot says:

      No because our were given out by summit and people who were allowed by somebody to give out the pics. Hers she hacked to get and summit has had a lot of these cases and they know from when someone told them they had gotten rid of something that they had actually kept and continued to leak it that they need to see if to belive it.

  15. Anyone who would do something like this should be ashamed of themselves to put it mildly. Let’s just gut the magic right out of what makes a film beautiful to begin with. What would provoke someone to want to show off bits and pieces of the end of a movie first? It’s really an embarrassment to that person not an accomplishment, I guess she does not get that. Let me just put that out there first. Even for non Twilight supports that is just outside the ethics of film and goes against everything movies stand for. I have been a lover of film for so many years I must say it started as a child. I give credit to my Mother as she opened that flood gate which has never been closed and never shall. Yet, things like this make Hollywood and the media just sickening and go against what good ole fashioned film used to be about. If there was not such a big deal in the first place then we wouldn’t have such a mess to clean up afterward would we? Breaking Dawn was a wonderful book; I never set it down after I picked it up to read it and spent the day in bed enjoying the beauty and imagination of each page. I was looking at the pictures on the site and I keep thinking to myself, I don’t think that is what Stephenie had in mind. I know for sure she would not say that in the public’s ear now for she sold her stories to a Production company. Yet, I’m really curious as are many how these last two movies pan out as I have enjoyed all the films thus far except for Eclipse. When I found out from a colleague at Dish Network that we acquired Blockbuster and that a lot had changed making it not just easier but adding tons of titles and ways of getting movies I was thrilled. Kiosks and no late fees or due dates are the big ones for me but tons of titles so having to watch a movie twice would not even be a remotely possible option. I love film always will, I do not care how I get it as long as I can enjoy my escape.
    http://bit.ly/jP1NIT

  16. smitten_by_twilight says:

    No I don’t have them on my hard drive. Sorry. I’m grateful to have found a website that doesn’t knowingly blog illegitimate stuff.

    Mandy – love your blog and thanks for the BD images during filming in Vancouver. I remember you stating that anyone using your images should credit the source. Would you have felt “harmed” if they had not? Even if no money was involved? Imagine how the entire BD cast and crew felt. Creative property cannot be replaced.

  17. Think realistically. If you assumed neighbor was one whom came into your home and took something wouldn’t you hope to be able to go to them and ask for proof they did or didn’t take it in the event of saving everyone the trouble? That wouldn’t be considered harassment but courtesy.
    Guilty? I couldn’t say but if I were in that muchtrouble and had nothing to hide I would all I could to get away from it as fast as I could. However, if I had something to hide i’d keep pushing it and hope that I could get more in the end.
    Love your blogs Mandy and thanks for leagally sharing

  18. CullenCoven says:

    There are millions and millions of people using the internet every time you get on TL. Now the chances that Summit would just randomly pull a lottery and choose to harass her in general is none to none. There are footprints, there is evidence, and there is no doubt in my mind she is guilty. This is not random. They know she did it.

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