December 2, 2010
This is pretty entertaining. It is a satirical look at the PJ McIlvaine/20th Century Fox sitch and if you have missed that [how?] you can read up on it :::here:::
December 1, 2010
Fox sues over sharing scripts online
— by Patrick Sauriol
20th Century Fox is leading the charge in protecting its intellectual property online. In a move that could redefine the underground ecosystem of people that share screenplays, both for those working inside the Hollywood showbiz system as well as interested fans that have the right connections, the movie studio served legal notice to a woman that was sharing scripts in PDF format on a file hosting website, slapping her with a $15 million dollar lawsuit.
P.J. McIlvaine is the person who was uploading scripts to a Mediafire website where anyone can download files. Fox alleges that McIlvaine uploaded 79 screenplays that Fox owns including a draft of Deadpool, a Fox superhero movie still in the script stage of development and that is, at best, still at least 18 months away from being released. Other scripts that Fox claims McIlvaine shared on the site were ones for older pictures such as Aliens, Wall Street and Die Hard. It works out to about $200,000 per screenplay that Fox is seeking in damages. Ten other defendants are named in the lawsuit as well.
*perhaps one of the more important aspects of patrick’s article is it clarifies, for persons outside the industry, some of the elements surrounding script trading that are at play in the screenwriting community that separate this from a simple case of someone snatching a book and posting it online — good article and a must read
*there is also an ongoing discussion about this on :::done deal:::
*for the last time you hosers —>> :::max adams is a girl:::
November 29, 2010
There is some confusion in the press about whom this blog belongs to. Let’s clear that up.
Celluloid Blonde is the personal blog of screenwriter Max Adams. That is why it says “the sometimes suspect musings of max adams” right up there at the top of the blog.
Also. Max Adams is female.
Jeez, whatever happened to fact checking?
Love and Kisses,
Your Max Dammit Adams Girl
*ps: bet you never knew what that d stood for did you?
*pps: go contribute to :::pj’s legal defense::: while you are here
November 27, 2010
— by max adams
The day PJ McIlvaine was —
Supposed to be celebrating the baptism of a child, two strangers knocked on her door and informed her, in front of her children, 20th Century Fox was suing her for 15 million dollars. Two hours later, after grilling her with questions for two solid hours, they left her stunned and crying in her living room staring at a business card that stated they were “private investigators.”
This was the first contact PJ had from 20th Century Fox regarding a Media Fire online script library she created — and was the day 20th Century Fox filed a law suit against PJ in federal court for fifteen million dollars.
PJ is a struggling screenwriter who sells flowers over the phone by day and writes scripts by night. She has two produced credits. She is a recognizable presence on internet screenwriting bulletin boards [“Limama” on Done Deal]. She collected scripts she found [already] posted online and placed them in an online library on a Media Fire web page and made those scripts available to other screenwriters. Free of charge. As an educational tool.
•She doesn’t sell advertising.
•She doesn’t charge a membership fee.
•She doesn’t sell the material.
•She makes it available to other screenwriters for free.
•She posts scripts for educational purposes only.
•She only posts scripts already available on other sites online.
PJ doesn’t have the kind of cash needed to hire an attorney. Like I said, days she works a telephone line selling flowers to make ends meet and nights she writes — fighting to bridge that artist-who-does-art vs. artist-who-gets-paid-for-art gap. In between she is caring for an elderly relative suffering from dementia. In between that she is caring for an infant. She is going to need help. If you can help, please send a small gift donation via :::PayPal::: to firstname.lastname@example.org — people are putting together a small fund to help PJ retain an attorney.
*special thanks to everyone who has contributed to pj’s legal fund already you know who you are and you rock
*update 11.28: i am adding interesting links as they appear on the net, *note, i can only go so fast though they are piling up faster than i can put them up on a blog —
*update 11.29: note to press, celluloid blonde is the personal blog of :::screenwriter max adams:::, not pj mcilvaine, fact check already it is right up there at the top of the blog sheesh
•The Content Beast
•Corona Coming Attractions
•Digital Media Wire
•Comic Book Movie
•Spin Off Online
•The Single Screenwriter
*other interesting and possibly related news: