Originally posted by static:
i say you are wrong teral, fanfics are already violating copyright laws by "stealing" the characters of the show. The staff could grab as much as they want from the fics and nobody could do a damn thing about it, nor would they want to i think.
I don't think a fanfic-writer would cause ANY trouble at all. Why would they cause trouble for a show they love so much they'd invest time and energy on a fanfic? I don't think they can cause any legal trouble, but they can be an annoyance.
But for the whole "Can't read them"-thing. Matt said so himself in an interview :
Originally said by Matt:
Interviewer: But it must be a great feeling to have this kind of response.
Matt: Absolutely! There are weekly fan-written Simpsons scripts posted on the Internet. I can't read them - I will be accused later on down the line of having stolen somebody's idea. But I love the idea of it.
The entire interview can be seen here.