AMC is allegedly threatening lawsuits for The Walking Dead spoilers. The Spoiling Dead Fans, a Walking Dead spoilers Facebook fan page, announced that they received a cease and desist letter from AMC for posting possible spoilers for the victim of Negan’s baseball bat attack that ended Season 6 of The Walking Dead. According to the post, AMC threatened to sue the people who run the page if they release the correct spoiler identification of who Negan killed.
“Basically what it all comes down to is if we post our Lucille Victim prediction and we’re right, AMC says they will sue us. Whether there are grounds for it or not is not the issue, it still costs money to defend. That is the way our justice system works. Would we have defenses? Sure. But it also costs money to mount that defense. If someone brings us a potential Lucille spoiler and we confirm it and it turns out accurate we could get sued.”
This is surprising, but it is also not a new threat for AMC when it comes to The Walking Dead spoilers. As The Inquisitr previously reported, AMC threatened The Spoiling Dead Fans Facebook page in the past when it came to spoilers being released before the Season 6 finale. According to the reports at that time, AMC had sent numerous DMCA notices to numerous fan-run sites to stop them from trying to release The Walking Dead spoilers.
In 2015, Torrent Freak reported that AMC went after The Spoiling Dead Fans for a leaked clip that they posted on their Vimeo account. In that case, AMC actually obtained a subpoena to deliver to them the personal details of the people who run that Walking Dead spoilers group and the legal action was meant to make sure that they could stop the group from leaking more Walking Dead spoilers in the future.
— ScreenCrush (@screencrushnews) June 11, 2016
It looks like AMC is going after The Spoiling Dead Fans again. The site has always used unnamed sources and AMC wants to stop them from doing so again as fans continue to seethe in anger about the Season 6 finale which saw Negan kill an unknown member of the hero’s group. Comic fans know who died at Negan’s hand in the comic books, but The Walking Dead TV show is known for changing character’s fates.
The most recent posts from The Spoiling Dead Fans on Facebook have focused on who has been seen filming at the sets, which is honestly something that AMC can’t control. That is covered under freedom of information laws because reporting on seeing a person heading to a film set cannot be listed as confidential information under the law.
— Cultjer (@cultjer) June 12, 2016
However, it sounds like this DCMA for these Walking Dead spoilers is about something else entirely. Interestingly, the people who run the site have claimed to have no idea what AMC is talking about, but fear that the big money television network is bullying them into silence anyway.
“[AMC] say we can’t make any type of prediction about the Lucille Victim. Their stance is that making such a prediction would be considered copyright infringement. AMC tells us that we made some claim somewhere that says we received ‘copyright protected, trade secret information about the most critical plot information in the unreleased next season of The Walking Dead’ and that we announced we were going to disclose this protected information. We still aren’t sure where we supposedly made this claim because they did not identify where it was.”
With that in mind, it looks like AMC is not fooling around when it comes to The Walking Dead spoilers, especially when it comes to those gained by inside sources. While most news outlets won’t have to worry about these threats thanks to the freedom of the press, a smaller Walking Dead spoilers Facebook fan page has little chance against the major television network.
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