Do you remember the good old days of the internet movie movement? Just like landline telephones and video cassettes, kids these days won’t actually believe us when we tell them about it.
Internet scoopers making outrageous claims of things they thought they knew about movies? Webmasters taken into hotel rooms and shown confidential footage stolen from a studio. People banned from Skywalker ranch in the fall-out of a leak from a Star Wars movie. Blatantly made-up fanboy rumors vs. hard evidence.
They were wild, crazy, exciting times where you could often find an entire script online way before a movie was released. On-set pictures spread like wildfire from site to site. What a time to be alive!
Today’s landscape is much more sedate. We largely know exactly what the studio wants us to know. Test screenings are locked down tight, with NDAs in place. Scripts are copy-proof and tagged by name. Pages are only provided to those on the call sheet. Many channels and websites that used to carry these sorts of stories are now bought and paid for by the system. Publish unofficial news, and no “pwesents” for you. The goodie bag and screening ticket will not be in the mail.
To get to the Wild West of movie news these days, you need to immerse yourself in the world of places like Reddit. It is here that Marvel is focussing their firepower as they lawyer up.
Marvel is said to be trying to find the identity of a Reddit user who they claim leaked a 63-page transcript of dialogue from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania online a month before the movie was released.
Gizmodo has reported that a filing was made yesterday for Marvel in a California federal district court to request the issue of subpoenas against Reddit, forcing them to identify the person or group responsible for the leak.
The text was for use in building the subtitles for international markets. This coincided with the entire plot also appearing online. When approached for comment on this by Variety, Reddit simply put out a placeholder:
“Reddit is committed to protecting our users’ privacy. We have rigorous processes in place to assess legal requests and object when appropriate.”
Marvel had already taken this content down with a DMCA notice filed under a copyright claim.
In response to Marvel becoming litigious around leaks, we immediately checked with the LMO Legal Department to ensure we were adequately protected, should we ever fall foul of their lawyers. We received their response.
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