"The site encourages would-be screenwriters to inundate our executives with unsolicited submissions, spam, phone calls," read a letter sent from Universal's legal department to Dotster. "Since this material was posted by your customer (Gerard Jones), the amount of spam email our executives have received has skyrocketed, with scores of people sending us ideas for screenplays." Jones has apparently already recieved cease and desist requests from Creative Artists Agency and The Weinstein Company. He's thus far refused to take any of the contact information down; instead, he's posted snippets of correspondance with various agencies under their phone numbers. His full exchange with Universal's counsel is posted here, and it's great. ""If your Gestapo tactics succeed in getting my website shut down," Jones warns, "GE and its subsidiaries will be the laughing stock of generations of freedom loving Americans. "Imagination at work." Ha! Good luck." He then slags Universal's counsel off as "some corporate chick lawyer" and accuses her of living in "a solipsistic tree fort".
But how many emails are these people really getting? With an Alexa traffic rank of 149,849, Jones' experiment in transparency hasn't exactly cracked the top level of the culture. That said, it may not matter in the end: as attorney and free-speech expert Martin Garbus told Variety, "I think he's protected; email addresses are in the public domain. If anyone took him to court, he'd probably win."