Earlier today, I received an email from a law firm that represents Paramount Studios. It demanded that I cease and desist from hosting the screenplay on this blog. Here's the notice in full.
To whom it may concern:
This letter is being written to you on behalf of Paramount Pictures Corporation (“Paramount”). Paramount is the owner of copyright and other intellectual property rights in and to the unreleased “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” motion picture (hereinafter referred to as "TMNT"). No one is authorized to copy, reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use “TMNT” without the express written permission of Paramount.
Notwithstanding this, Paramount has learned that you are reproducing excerpts of the unreleased TMNT screenplay at the URL located at http://tmntnottant.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-tant-script-reviewed.html#more; and are distributing the screenplay as a .PDF file located at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B22ZbuTtrOA3aDdpWFhUNGRacWs/view?pli=1&sle=true.
Paramount hereby demands that you immediately cease all distribution of the TMNT screenplay and remove the TMNT screenplay from this website and any other website where you may have reproduced and/or distributed it. Please further remove or disable the link to the .PDF file referenced above.
We further demand that you immediately provide us with written confirmation that you have complied with Paramount’s demands.
Please contact me at [withheld] to discuss the source from which you obtained the screenplay and the scope of your distribution.
This letter is not a complete statement of Paramount’s rights in connection with this matter, and nothing contained herein constitutes an express or implied waiver of any rights, remedies, or defenses of Paramount in connection with this matter, all of which are expressly reserved.
Very truly yours,
Dennis L. Wilson
Keats McFarland & Wilson LLP
As such, I have decided to comply and take down the script.
For those of you who have read it, this should be further confirmation that what you read is the real thing. And now, Paramount is obviously starting to take notice.