The Report: Fox Takes On Script Pirates
Studio’s $15 million suit over “Deadpool” leak might put screenplay sites in jeopardy.
It’s a phenomenon as old as the Internet: Aspiring screenwriters and film buffs swap scripts online, hoping to learn tricks of the trade or peek at movies before they hit theaters. The practice isn’t quite legal — scripts are just as protected by copyright law as finished films — but hundreds of sites such as the Script Shack and Drew’s Script-O-Rama have operated for years under a mostly accepted code: Avoid posting high-profile in-development scripts, and act promptly if studio lawyers send take-down letters.
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