Posted by Alferd Packer at ac8d8371.ipt.aol.com on January 25, 2001 at 18:14:01:
In Reply to: script legal questions posted by seanbonner on January 25, 2001 at 18:00:02:
If some asshole from Bumfuck America sends him a screenplay which he never bothers to read and one day he produces a movie that's vaguely remniscent (sp?) of the sent screenplay, Mistah Smith can be sued.
Vincent and Brian and Bryan knew him personally (since before he started making movies), and they had all had aspirations of cinematic success (I think, anyway, not sure about Bryan), so he decided to toss 'em some cash when he made a bundle with Clerks. He'd see and read the script and he knew he'd never rip off a friend's work.
There's a big difference between a good friend and some dude who posts on your message board.
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