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Old 10-13-2012, 11:23 AM   #81
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Good to hear, JoJo. Instead of watermarking, there must be some other way to mark a script like when you open a file and look at its properties, or like music files that tell you what album the song is from.
Yes, it would be nice if there was some kind of technology that would trace the file back to the file sharer.... hopefully Greg putting the kibosh on the scripts being posted by SS will send a message to the readers who are sending them to SS.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:27 PM   #82
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I think it would be easy to secure a PDF. You can't connect to the Internet without a user's permission (in Acrobat Reader), but you can hide content programmatically. So, just hide the content until the user allows the file to connect to the web and log the IP address etc...
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:28 PM   #83
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Seems to me that "he" is friends with some of the Nicholl readers who've saved and then shared the pdf files with him.
Like some others who post on DD, you're making things up.

Various drafts of all of the Nicholl finalist scripts, at least one draft from 2007, have appeared on tracking boards. I suspect that was SS's source, directly or indirectly.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:15 PM   #84
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Like some others who post on DD, you're making things up.

Various drafts of all of the Nicholl finalist scripts, at least one draft from 2007, have appeared on tracking boards. I suspect that was SS's source, directly or indirectly.
Well, that's quite an insulting tone..

I know as an absolute fact that one of the finalist scripts in question never appeared on a tracking board, and has never been posted publicly, anywhere....
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:30 PM   #85
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There are dozens of private tracking boards. How could someone know what is and isn't posted on them?
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:10 PM   #86
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There are dozens of private tracking boards. How could someone know what is and isn't posted on them?
If you knew the finalist personally, and they said they had never uploaded their script to any tracking board, would that settle the matter? But then I think you'd probably also have to know that the finalist also hadn't entered that script in any contest other than Nicholl.

I guess even that isn't an absolute guarantee, because the Finalists get read requests, and the scripts go out to various places, so that would be another source for SS.

Anyway, thanks Greg for doing something to stop this.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:24 PM   #87
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Well, that's quite an insulting tone..

I know as an absolute fact that one of the finalist scripts in question never appeared on a tracking board, and has never been posted publicly, anywhere....
And you would be wrong. PDF copies of versions of all of the Nicholl finalist scripts were forwarded to us by a development person who found them (or links to them) on a single tracking board.
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:46 PM   #88
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Now I really hate to drag him into this discussion, but if I were a Nicholl qf and on, I'd be VERY angry if my script were reviewed online without my permission on a public blog, especially from someone with questionable taste, has not liked past Nicholl scripts (who had been passed up by many Nicholl PROFESSIONAL readers), thereby possibly ruining my chances of a sale/or representation after years of blood, sweat, and many, many tears.
Interesting view considering just a week ago you posted a speculative comment about a major spoiler in a finalist script...
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:03 PM   #89
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C'mon Greg - how dare you question one of Jojo's posts.

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Old 10-14-2012, 12:41 AM   #90
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It's possible to track PDFs, I saw it with an investment bank that kept having its research reports pop up on Scribd. The program would stamp a barcode on the last page of the PDF with the user's computer info (MAC, IP, computer name, etc) embedded in it. That being said it was some Oracle program, not basic Adobe. Also I believe the bank changed its Terms of Service and added some boilerplate stuff in the disclaimers. Not practical for screenwriting...

Good catch Greg. Good luck to Nicholl QF/SF/Fs getting read.
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