Swashvideoing New Moon She-Pirate Could Face Plank


Beware, all ye Twihards thinking of snatching a piece o' Taylor Lautner's treasure trail with yar smartphones: Thar be dire consquences te yer piratey actions. Samantha "Team Me" Tumpach, 22, of Rosemont, IL. was thrown in jail for two nights when an usher discovered her shooting video of New Moon with a digital camera. Tumpach is now facing three years in prison, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Here's how it went down:

The usher spotted Tumpach shooting the video. He told the theater manager, who called police, who examined the device. They found two sequences on the camera, adding up to no more than four minutes in length. That was enough to get her arrested. She was booked on a rarely enforced anti-piracy felony, resulting in her sitting in jail for over 48 hours, until she was brought to bond court on Monday morning.

The culprit said the cops were mostly sympathetic to her throughout the ordeal, and insists the entire incident is much ado about nothing: She had never intended to intentionally record or sell the movie, and had merely been shooting footage from her sister's 29th birthday party. (Yes, we've double checked, and the first digit is not a typo.) Her proof? She was talking throughout the taped footage in question.

Oh, is that all? Just yapping away in a dark theater while waving around your LCD screen and taping four minutes of New Moon footage? How sympathetic! Seriously though -- the girl's been in jail for two days. Enough already. It's not like she's some kind of Malaysian child-prostitution/DVD bootlegging kingpin who keeps a dozen naked teenagers around the house in case she gets a hankering for a line of blow off a hooker's ass. Clearly Tumpach is being made an example of. At this point, she should just pray the MPAA doesn't get involved. The smell of pirate blood turns Dan Glickman into a rough justice banshee; she'd have been better off hiking in Iran.

· Woman arrested for trying to record 'Twilight' on digital camera [Sun Times via PopWatch]


  • metroville says:

    "In 2012, Samantha Tumpach escaped from Shawshank prison. All they found of her was a muddy set of prison clothes, a Jonas Brothers Trapper Keeper, and an old rock hammer, damn near worn down to the nub."

  • NoWireHangers says:

    No, no, no! You don't mess with the MPAA. They're some hardcore motherfuckers. They're taking lessons from the RCIAA as of late, and the RCIAA hunts pirates down and strangles them until money pops out of their eyeballs. The MPAA just starting offering reward money to people who turn in bootleg vendors, you know, the people selling funky copies of My Lfe in Ruins in the Fashion District. This is very serious. Twitards beware! Wait a few months to introduce your BluRay copy of New Moon to your Twilight glitter dildo. You'll thank me later.

  • Mikey says:

    I say as punishment, she should be forced to pirate copies of all current and future Jim Carrey movies.

  • Alex says:

    It's perfectly sympathetic since they rented the entire theater for the party.

  • snickers says:

    Txting tweens and their bright screens and people taking mobile phone calls during movies finally drove me from the cinema completely years ago. But this seems like a really trumped up charge over a few minutes of shaky footage. Give the girl a pass.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    Okay, I confess> I once recorded the entire audio track of a theatrical showing of Roger Rabbit using a mini-tape recorder from Radio Shack.
    If being able to do all of the voices from the film isn't punishment enough please hand me over to the authorities.