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Fox Sues Writer For Posting Scripts Online

Fox would really, really like you not to read their material without permission, and it’s suing a woman who created an online archive of 100+ previously available screenplays for $15 million to underline that point.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio has filed a lawsuit against Patricia McIlvaine, claiming that her collection of scripts doesn’t just devalue their creators efforts by making them available for free, but also risks spoiling the material for fans. The complaint says that posting the scripts online

interfere[s] and trade[s] off of the costly and carefully designed creative processes that produce finished works ready for public consumption. They harm the fans who do not want their enjoyment of a movie or television show to be spoiled by knowing the story ahead of actually being able to watch it.

Yes, because there are no other sources of spoilers online at all.

McIlvaine is seeking donations for her legal battle.

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Comments

  • http://twitter.com/DKandCo Chris Wallis

    they just want you to spend 10 dollars to find out that the script sucked.

    got it.

  • Deco

    what’s great is this line in the complaint – that the posts “harm the fans who do not want their enjoyment of a movie or television show to be spoiled by knowing the story ahead of actually being able to watch it.”

    Because, yeah, those poor fans — with the scripts posted, they will totally automatically know the story, there’s just no way to avoid it, say by not reading it, or not reading what people who’ve read it say, or anything like that. That’s how the internet works: you post something and it’s beamed directly into people’s minds, automatically and unavoidably! Sooo dangerous. We really should just shut it down asap.

  • Bisp

    Well, at face value, if they own the material then it is their right to protect it from unauthorized use by utilizing the court system.

  • http://sites.google.com/site/deansolomonversus50does/ Zombiejesus

    @Bisp — I agree Fox have the right to protect their intellectual property, particular movies that are under development. The problem here is, it sounds like Fox never contacted McIlvaine to ask her to take down the script or otherwise let her know they had a problem with what she was doing. They monkeyed with her MediaFire account and she just assumed MediaFire was glitching, and reuploaded her library of scripts. See:

    http://sites.google.com/site/deansolomonversus50does/latest-news/foxvspjmcilvaine-shegotbushwhacked

    and

    http://sites.google.com/site/deansolomonversus50does/latest-news/pjmcilvaineresponds