I swear this isn’t turning into a Twilight blog! LOL..Just thought I’d post it for those of us who didn’t watch the MTV awards tonight, but still want to get our Twilight fix! 😉
Archives for May 2009
I posted a couple of days ago about the document I’d seen reported to be an early draft of the script for the upcoming New Moon movie due out in November. At the time I uploaded it I commented that I wasn’t sure if it was real or not, but asked readers to throw in their opinions.
Then I recieved my very first cease and desist letter.
Dennis L. Wilson
Keats McFarland & Wilson LLP
9720 Wilshire Blvd., Penthouse Suite
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Tel: (310) 248-3830
Fax: (310) 860-0363
May 6, 2009
VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL
Re: Unauthorized Distribution of Twilight Screenplay
Dear Sir or Madam:
We are writing to you on behalf of our client, Summit Entertainment LLC (“Summit”). Summit is the exclusive owner of all rights in and to the screenplay for the unreleased motion picture currently entitled “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” including but not limited to all related copyrights (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Twilight Screenplay”). No one is authorized to reproduce, transmit, copy, or otherwise utilize the Twilight Screenplay without the express written permission of Summit.
Notwithstanding this, it has come to our attention that your website located at “http://www.suburbanoblivion.com,” is advertising, utilizing and/or engaging in the distribution of the Twilight Screenplay. More specifically the URL where the Twilight Screenplay is being offered and distributed is:
Summit has the good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by Summit, its agent or the law. Summit diligently enforces its rights in and to the Twilight Screenplay in all forms of media. Our client rightfully takes its responsibility for the protection of the Twilight Screenplay very seriously.
In accordance with DMCA, we request your assistance in the removal of infringements of the Twilight Screenplay from this website. We further declare under penalty of perjury that we are authorized to act on behalf of Summit and that the information in this letter is accurate.
Nothing contained in this letter constitutes an express or implied waiver of any rights, remedies, or defenses of Summit, all of which are expressly reserved.
Very truly yours,
Dennis L. Wilson
Keats McFarland & Wilson LLP
I actually expected the first notice of this sort would comefrom my ex’s lawyer considering he threatened to sue me over talking about his herpes on my blog.
It does confirm in my mind that the script is indeed real. And yes, it has been removed. (Sorry dear readers!) However if you don’t have it yet, a quick google search will likely turn up other sites still hosting it.
Let me be the first to say I don’t know if this is for real or not, but there is a doc going around that people are claiming is a leaked draft of the script for the New Moon movie (Second Twilight series film) due out in November.
Real or not, it is a good way to pass the time if you are a diehard fan with a bit of time to kill. 😉 Either way be warned, may contain spoilers. (Duh!)
Updated 7/17/09 I have found someone else has uploaded the file to a file-sharing site, so I am adding that link here. It is not my upload, nor my account, I am simply sharing the link.
Be sure to tell me what you think..Real? Fan fiction? Or maybe Stephanie Meyer’s idea of a prank to get the internet back for the whole leaked-draft-turned-tantrum over the book she started to write, but apparently doesn’t plan to finish?
I generally try not to rant over stupid shit these days, because let’s face it, the purgatory that is passing for my life these days is way more important than anything the internet could serve up. So I have let go things like stupid troll comments, annoying Twitter people, and a host of other things that have might once been cause for a post or three. Real life has a tendancy of putting things in perspective that way.
I got an email just now that rubbed me the wrong way. PR pitches are always fun, because like the proverbial box of chocolates, you just never know what you’ll get. For once though, it wasn’t the pitch that got my dander up, but the product. Well, a little of both.
Confuzzled? Let me explain.
Six Apart’s publisher development group contacted me for the opportunity to try out a product called the Peek. I’ve seen these in Target, and thought the premise was ok- a little handheld unit that looks similar to a Blackberry, but strictly handles email. My Mogul does this, so it pretty much fell off my radar as one of those cute-but-useless gadgets I’d never buy. Until I got the email, offering me one to test out. Free is free, so I thought it might be worth trying, right? Besides, as the email said, it seems like a perfect match for me! (Famous last words…)
Then I started looking at the device a little more carefully.
The Peek does email and..umm..email. That’s it. No IM, no web surfing, no calendar, no..well.. anything.
5 years ago this might have been exciting. After all, it’s small, and cute, and you can keep it next to the remote and get your email wherever you happen to be. But in the age of iPhones, smartphones and Blackberrys, such lack of functionality isn’t exciting. It isn’t even all that interesting.
But hey, I haven’t even seen the thing, so I’m probably being a bit harsh. After all, unlike the Blackberry, you don’t have to worry about those pesky data plans, right?
This thing does run off of your own wifi connection…right?
It doesn’t take a crystal ball or a deck of tarot cards to see the nail in the coffin for this product, which is what they rather stupidly try to push as a selling point!
Instead of using your own wifi connection or one of the umpteen-billion hotspots in the world, you have to pay $20 a month for the Peek service, which is provided by T-Mobile.
$20 a month for nothing. but. email.
Here’s the real kicker IMO. That email being served up through T-Mobile’s network? A quick glance at the T-Mobile website shows they charge users $24.99 a month for data plans, only with them and on your phone you get that same email, plus unlimited web browsing, unlimited picture messaging, unlimited IM, plus 400 text messages a month.
$24.99 a month for all that data, or $20 a month for..umm..email.
Anyone else starting to see the absurdity in this?
I realize Peek is aiming at a particular market here, namely those not bright enough to realize that you can do way more on the phone you already own (I’d venture to guess 80+% of phones in use right now support email and web usage). And hey, that’s great, everyone needs to make a buck.
Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t have even gotten my dander up over this had I not seen these words on their website-
“Moms love Peek.”
As a mother, let me tell you exactly what moms DO love.
Moms love saving money.
Moms love products that save us time, and simplify our lives.
Moms love trying new things that help us stay organized.
As far as I can see, the Peek offers none of these, and the assumption that moms are so braindead that we would waste our money on something that most of us can get for free or cheap on the phone we already own (instead of carrying two devices!) is quite frankly not something I care to take a ‘Peek’ at.