It’s not pulp fiction

What do you when all the steps you take to prevent your copyrighted screenplay from being leaked come to naught and it gets posted on a website, and links appear elsewhere?

Well, this being America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, you sue.  Who do you sue? Not only the website that posted it, but also a site that posted links to the screenplay on that first website.  Theory: contributory infringement.  By providing people a link (which isn’t copyrighted), you’ve assisted the infringer in his/her nefarious deed.

“Tarantino Sues Website Over Script,” Wall Street Journal, January 28, 2014 B2 http://on.wsj.com/1goJl41

Is the Journal also a contributory infringer by reporting the news?  Am I?  You might now go look.

What steps did you take to prevent this from happening?  In whom did you wrongfully place your trust?

This by no means settled law.  Although there has been stuff about links.

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