On Sunday, June 12, 2016, the Facebook page The Spoiling Dead Fans posted an update many were surprised to see. The Spoiling Dead Fans shared they had received a cease and desist from AMC’s attorney, and a threat of legal action. The website is dedicated to sharing spoilers about AMC’s famous show, The Walking Dead. The Spoiling Dead Fans have been surprisingly accurate in the spoilers they have shared in the past about The Walking Dead, and it appears AMC is tired of the website sharing what is going to happen before the episode actually airs.
“Well Buttercups, we have some sad news to share today. After two years, AMC finally reached out to us! But it wasn’t a request not to post any info about the Lucille Victim or any type of friendly attempt at compromise, it was a cease and desist and a threat of a lawsuit by AMC Holdings, LLC’s attorney, Dennis Wilson. They 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.”
In an article posted Friday, the Washington Post shared a statement from AMC spokeman Jim Maiella.
“[The website] posted an explicit promise on Facebook to imminently reveal a major ‘leaked’ plot point for the upcoming season. That goes way beyond speculation or predictions. We feel a responsibility to protect the vast majority of viewers, who simply don’t want spoilers to ruin their enjoyment of the series.”
At the time of The Spoiling Dead Fans’ June 12 post, they did not know why they were being accused of copyright infringement from AMC. TSDF only knew they were being accused of claiming they had “‘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.”
Now The Spoiling Dead Fans know exactly what post brought this alleged threatened legal action to light, and it wasn’t even something they did.
It turns out a fan of the page, whose name The Spoiling Dead Fans refuse to release, as the fan is a minor, made a post on the page claiming the victim of Lucille had been leaked to The Spoiling Dead Fans. The fan, a 15-year-old boy, was referring to a post made on the TSDF website. The post the fan is referring to never states TSDF received leaked information. It did say they were getting closer to a confirmation of the Lucille victim, but never claimed they had confirmed leaked information. The Spoiling Dead Fans have posted a screen shot of both the website post and the fan’s post on their facebook page. The 15-year-old boy also sent TSDF an apology, which they have also shared on the post.
So what does this mean for The Spoiling Dead Fans? Basically, the Facebook page and website are not allowed to post their predictions on who will be Lucille’s victim(s). If they choose to do so, and are correct in their predictions, AMC is allegedly threatening to sue them.
What do you think about the alleged threatened legal action from AMC towards The Spoiling Dead Fans? Does this mean AMC could sue anyone who makes an accurate The Walking Dead prediction on the Lucille victim and publicly shares it? Do you think AMC is taking this too far? Do you think The Walking Dead fans would truly be upset if the prediction was correct, or do you think fans are dying to know?
Leave your feedback in the comments below. One thing is for certain, no one will know the true victim(s) until Season 7 premieres in October.
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