When Goliath Starts Attacking
Big corporations destroy the lives of individuals with no more thought than we give to stepping on an ant. Just yesterday, PJ McIlvaine stared up at the very big boot of Twentieth Century Fox–the 15 million dollar big boot of Fox. The two strangers who knocked at her door representing Fox weren’t just threatening to sue her, they filed suit that same day.
According to fellow screenwriter, Max Adams,
[McIlvaine] 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.
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 doesn’t have the kind of cash needed to hire an attorney. …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.