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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

'Avengers' Script Available to the Highest (and Most Naive) Bidder

Nick Fury would have never let this happen.

According to Obsessed with Film someone claiming to have a hard copy of Samuel L. Jackson’s Avengers script is putting it up for sale to the highest bidder. Which begs the question, how dumb would you have to be to attempt to publicly sell property that does not belong to you? Add this to the equation—the property belongs to Disney.

Consider that a few months ago, when the site Comic Book Movie put up a review of the Thor script, Paramount lawyers convinced the site to take down review within an hour of its posting. Remember the guy who posted the rough cut of X-Men Origins: Wolverine to a file sharing program? He was sued for $250,000.00 and faced up to three years in prison.

Matt Holmes at OWF noted in his post:

“If I were to do a review of the new shooting script for The Avengers and it was exclusive to OWF, the boost in traffic would probably kill our server on that particular day but then what happens after that? Disney, one of the biggest corporations in the world will send me a cease and desist letter within 24 hours, the article will then be removed and we will be left with The Avengers script we paid several thousands of pounds for (I’m presuming that’s how much someone will pay but in reality I have no idea) that we can’t talk about.”

Holmes is right about cease and desist letter—but it would probably be received within 24 minutes. I can’t imagine what kind of money the script “owner” thinks he could rake in that would outweigh the ringer Disney’s lawyers could put him through. I say, just read it, sit on it and keep it as a prized momento on your book shelf.

And if you’re a little curious about the script, OFM did take a picture of one of the authentic looking pages that features Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow and Bruce Banner. It’s a brief scene, but it got me excited for what we’re going to get from Joss Whedon’s big superhero pic.

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