samantha tumpach new moon 'Twilight: New Moon' piracy charges droppedWhat we learned today: When it comes to the battle of the century, vampires and werewolves beat pirates every time.

Luckily for Chicagoan Samantha Tumpach, Cook County prosecutors today decided she wasn’t among that last group. Charges of piracy stemming from what they initially said was an attempt to pirate “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” were dropped.

]]>Tumpach, 22, was arrested Nov. 28 in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont when theater management accused her of recording “New Moon” on a digital camera. She faced up to three years in jail.

She said she was merely recording parts of her sister’s surprise birthday party.

Even “New Moon” director Chris Weitz stepped in to defend Tumpach.

“There is, needless to say, a difference between trying to protect the copyright of a film and making an unfair example of someone who clearly seems not to have any intentions towards video piracy,” Wietz wrote in an e-mail to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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