Los Angeles – News Corp.’s (NYSE: NWS) Twentieth Century Fox movie
studio has filed a $12 million copyright infringement lawsuits against a
self-described struggling screenwriter who posted a number of movie scripts
online, TorrentFreak reported. Patricia (P.J.) McIlvaine uploaded some 100
scripts as a means of helping other screenwriters, including
"Aliens," "Wall Street" and "Deadpool," a film
owned by Fox that is still in development.
In its lawsuit, Fox claims that McIlvaine’s uploading of scripts "harm[s] 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
Fox also sued a number of John Does,
seeking to identify the sources who provided McIlvaine with the scripts —
although McIlvaine maintains she merely re-uploaded scripts she found online.
doesn’t have the kind of cash needed to hire an attorney," reads a post on
the blog Celluloid Blonde.
"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."