Saturday, February 18, 2012

Hear what your script would sound like

Many writers stage live reads or ask friends to read their dialogue aloud - but now you can achieve the same affect without leaving your chair or speaking to humans. Check out ReadThrough.com, which lets you upload your script to a website and instantly hear what it sounds like. The site, which features 100+ voices, lets you listen on-line or download an MP3. PDF, Final Draft 8, Celtx, Word, Text and other files are supported. View a demo or jump right into a one-month free trial.

I haven't tried it - so let me know what you think if you give a try.

4 comments:

fearius23 said...

The biggest concern I'd have with this site is my intellectual property.

A brief perusal of the terms and conditions confirmed my fears. This site is SCAMMING WRITERS. By clicking "I agree," users are giving the website an irrevocable, royalty-free license to use their scripts. The website can even sell this right.

What does "use" mean? Well, according to the contract language, it means: "use, copy, distribute, reformat, translate, excerpt, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, publicly copy, and publicly perform your script...in any media format and through any media channel."

I have no personal experience with this site, but I am a lawyer. I'll pass. This scam reminds me of how James Frey got credit for I am Number Four. At least Frey's contract gave the kid some royalties if I recall. This site takes everything.

Guy Goldstein said...

This is the site's owner (Guy Goldstein). Thanks for the comment, fearius23! You make an extremely good point. I have *no* intention of taking people's scripts, but I'm *not* a lawyer, and had to trust a couple to make the terms strong enough so I couldn't get in trouble, but relaxed enough so users' scripts remain entirely theirs. The entire paragraph I believe you're referring to is this:

You retain all your prior ownership rights in your submitted scripts. However, by submitting your script to READTHROUGH.COM, you grant us an irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable, and transferable license to use, copy, distribute, reformat, translate, excerpt, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, publicly copy, and publicly perform your script as necessary in any media format and through any media channel to provide to you any current or future READTHROUGH.COM service or product that you directly or indirectly authorize, expressly or by implication. We would not act without your authorization, for example, to make your submitted script publicly viewable on our Web site, to submit it to a studio, or to reveal it to other registered users. You also agree that your submitted scripts may be reviewed and processed by our and our Partners' automated systems and human reviewers, when doing so is necessary to provide our services or products to you.

As I said, I'm not a lawyer... but you are, and you seem to know what you're talking about! Would you be willing to give me a consult, and perhaps rewrite parts of the terms/privacy policy to *not* take any inappropriate rights from the users (but still give us rights to perform the scripts, and display to whomever the user wants)? My e-mail address is guy@readthrough.com, and I genuinely want to resolve this problem. Thank you SO much for bringing it up!! :-) Blessings.

Dan Williams said...

Gosh, it sounded like such a good idea, but I'm glad fearius23 had the intelligence to read the terms and conditions, showing that the site is a scam.

Still, the idea of having a read-through is a good one, I think. So if a writer gets a group of friends together on a Friday evening at the kitchen table over some KFC and beer, it can happen.

Guy Goldstein said...

The terms of use have been fixed! I appreciate the concern, but there was no intent to take anyone's work. Here is the new paragraph, for your convenience.

You retain all your prior ownership rights in your submitted scripts. However, by submitting your script to READTHROUGH.COM, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, copy, reformat, translate, excerpt, distribute/publicly display (only as you permit, to guests, actors, people you submit your script to, and anyone else you explicitly choose) and perform your script in any media format and through any media channel to provide to you any current or future READTHROUGH.COM service or product. We will not act without your authorization, for example, to make your submitted script publicly viewable on our Web site, to submit it to a studio, or to reveal it to other registered users. You also agree that your submitted scripts may be reviewed and processed by our and our Partners' automated systems and human reviewers, when doing so is necessary to provide our services or products to you.