A critical deadline passed midnight last night between the Writers Guild of America and the companies in Hollywood that employ the Guild's members, setting the stage for a strike as early as this Friday that could cripple many Hollywood productions. One of the chief areas of acrimony between the two sides is what writers should receive when their works appear on the Internet. The Writers Guild believes it missed the boat for its members years ago on the issue of DVDs and doesn't want to see a repeat performance this time. This would be the WGA's first strike in nearly twenty years.
A detailed description of the issues involved is found on the front page of this morning's Los Angeles Times, which is definitely worth a read.