My main page on the Emma Paige Langley plagiarism scandal is a bit lengthy and runs on some. For this reason, I decided to create a
page that is much easier and faster to follow. Below you will find a timeline of events as they pertain to the plagiarism claims against Emma Paige Langley.
Links will be provided to prove that there is no attempt at dishonesty, and that Informant's claims can be proven.
If at any point you are able to find evidence to support either side, please e-mail them to me and they will be added to the
timeline. To see the reference pages for events on the timeline, please click on the date.
Please note that the majority of these links are to third-party sites that Informant has no way of altering.
Return To The Main EPL Plagiarism Page
April 15, 2003 - The season seven episode "Dirty Girls" airs in the US. Xander loses his eye. Note that this is the earliest that anyone could have written a scene about Xander's
eye. Also note that this is the US airdate. In Australia, "Dirty Girls" didn't air until July 14, 2003.
May 20, 2003 - Shortly before the Buffy series finale airs in the US, Informant says his goodbye and voices
a desire to write his own season 8. Note that "Chosen" didn't air until August 11, 2003 in Australia.
May 22, 2003 - After actually watching the Buffy series finale, Informant once again mentions his plans to write his own season 8.
June 20, 2003 - Informant comments on a recent update to his website, which will now become a fake news site, revealing hints here and there about
his forthcoming season 8. An archive of this fake news section can be found HERE . Please note the comments on the episode "Scratch" (July 12), and references to Xander's eye problem (September 9). Remember, the scene in question
takes place within the first five pages of Informant's "Scratch" script and is setting up more than one large arc of the season. It's not an afterthought.
July 14, 2003 - "Dirty Girls" airs in Australia. Xander loses his eye.
August 11, 2003 - "Chosen" airs in Australia.
September 23, 2003 - One week before the premiere of his first season 8, Informant posts a reminder.
September 30, 2003 - Informant posts his season premiere, "Scratch" which features the scene that would later be stolen by Emma Paige Langley and filmed
for the "Forgotten Memories" fanfilm. That script is still available on the old Geocities website by clicking HERE and that particular scene can be found by scrolling down to
page 3. Please note that this scene is vital to several arcs of Informant's season 8 and could not have been added later.
October 7, 2003 - The episode "No Worries" is put online which heavily features the Xander eye arc. A copy of this script is still available on the original Geocities
website by clicking HERE .
October 12, 2003 - After a suggestion by one of his readers, Informant opens his Yahoo Group where fans discuss episodes as they are released.
November 4, 2003 - Episode 6 of Informant's season 8 goes online. In this script, "Opposing Forces", it is discovered that Xander's mysterious
eye problem is the direct result of Willow's spell and the demons that attacked Xander in "Scratch". This script is still available on the original Geocities site by clicking HERE
December 13, 2003 - "Scratch" reaches 1000 hits. (note that this page from the internet archive was not created until sometime in 2007)
Early, 2004 - Though the specific date is unknown, this is when Emma Paige Langley claims to have begun writing "Forgotten Memories". To quote the Forgotten Memories website:
"The project “Forgotten Memories” first began its journey in early 2004 when budding scriptwriter Emma Paige Langley penned her ideas for a continuation of the Buffyverse after the series finale “ Chosen .” "
March 20, 2004 - The Internet Archive captures Informant's season 8 site for the first time. By now, most of the season is online.
May 25, 2004 - The series finale to Informant's Season 8 goes public.
Mid to Late 2005 - According to Emma's timeline, this is about when the "Forgotten Memories" project began recasting after having suffered setbacks for about a year and a half. Sometime on or after March 25, Emma made
this post online in which she puts out a call for actors to play Willow, Spike and Angel. At that time, it was her plan to begin filming in December of 2005.
April 16, 2006 - "Forgotten Memories" begins filming. To quote the "Forgotten Memories" site directly:
"With an entire cast and a director in place filming was scheduled to commence on 16 th April, 2006 and after many months of rehearsals and script changes the project started to take shape."
April 30, 2006 - Shooting of "Forgotten Memories" wraps.
May 2, 2006 - The Forgotten Memories Yahoo Group goes online.
May 16, 2006 - The Forgotten Memories script is uploaded to Yahoo Group page. This is the only place I've been able to find the script online. The scene in question begins on page 9.
July, 2006 - "Forgotten Memories" wrap party is held.
October 12, 2006 - The premiere of "Forgotten Memories" is held at The Chauvel Cinema. An admission fee of $10 is charged... unless you're cast or crew in which case you got in for free. Please note two things. First, that link will not take you back
to the Forgotten Memories page, I swear. Second, charging admission to a screening of this film is against the law. While Emma defends herself by saying that all proceeds went to charity, paying this fee was required in order to get into the screening. This makes that money profit. What Emma chose to do with that money
was up to her. This was not a hat passed around for voluntary donations while at a free screening. There is a large legal difference.
This was also one day prior to Emma's 18th birthday, and a little over three years since "Scratch" debuted on Informant's website.
December 15, 2006 - Emma gives an interview in which she voices a desire to sell "Forgotten Memories" on DVD. Again, this is illegal.
February 2, 2007 - Informant is contacted by a reader of his site that a fan film has used materials taken directly from his season 8. Informant learns of the existance of Emma Paige Langley on this day... it was not a good day.
February 3, 2007 - After watching the movie, Informant writes an e-mail to Emma Paige Langley and requests that his material be removed from her film.
February 4, 2007 - Emma's Manager/Executive Producer Pamela Bruns responds to Informant's e-mails demanding to know Informant's name so that a lawsuit can be filed for defamation. Ms. Bruns claims to have been part of the Forgotten Memories project since
2002 and claims to have been in the very room with Emma when the scene in question was "written" in "early 2003". A year before Emma claims to have started work on the project, according to the official Forgotten Memories page. Ms. Bruns closes her e-mail by telling Informant not
to take her threats of lawsuit lightly.
February 5, 2007 - Informant responds to Ms. Bruns by stating once again that the scene had been taken from his site. He allows for the possibility that Ms. Bruns was not aware that this scene had been lifted from his script and suggests that she discuss this matter with Emma before making more threats.
He also informs her that he will not be giving her his real name or contact information and if she wished to press her threats further, she would receive that information in a letter from his attorney.
Also on February 5, Informant gets a response from Ms. Bruns once again stating that they will see this through to its conclusion and tells him that once they receive contact information from Informant's attorney they will be happy to set up a meeting (Informant assumes by phone) between Informant, his attorney, Emma, Pamela and their lawyer.
February 13, 2007 - Emma makes a public comment on her website, accusing Informant of ripping off her script which she now claims to have written in 2003, despite her rather detailed timeline given on the "Forgotten Memories" main page. She provides no evidence for how a man in the US could have gotten ahold of
this material before it was made public in 2006. In this posting, she also restates threats of legal action, and also threatens to involve the police for some unknown reason.
March 2, 2007 - After consulting an attorney in response to Ms. Bruns' threats, a letter is sent out to Ms. Bruns, and Emma through e-mail as well as the physical address given on the "Forgotten Memories" script located on the Yahoo Group page. Informant's attorney asks for a response by March 12, 2007. No response is ever received.
March 30, 2007 - After receiving no response to the first attorney letter for nearly a month, a second letter is sent to the same addresses. This time, a response is requested by April 16, 2007.
April 16, 2007 - While delivery is confirmed for the second letter, there is once again no response. Despite the offer to set up a meeting, Ms. Bruns and Ms. Langley refuse to communicate to Informant's
attorney. There is also no word from their own attorney. Due to this rather unprofessional, somewhat childish behavior, Informant feels that legal actions would probably cause more headache than speedy resolution. Even if a judge
were to find in his favor, Informant would likely have a hard time getting Ms. Langley to comply with the ruling.
Instead, Informant decides to respond to the situation online for the first time since early February. Obviously, you've seen the site, so you know about the decision to just put everything out there and let the public decide. Informant also responded to posts made online by Emma Paige Langley in which
Informant had been discussed and insulted. After Informant's post, Emma once again responded with threats of legal action despite the fact that no communications had occurred since the initial threats were made and Informant's attorney had sent out the letters.
After Informant began discussing the matter with other posters on the board and providing evidence to support his claims, Emma had the thread locked so no further discussion could be posted. This rather than address the evidence or provide evidence of her own. Please note that the one response made by Emma to Informant on this board is the only
time that Emma has ever communicated with Informant herself. It has always been Pamela Bruns speaking for Emma.
April 18, 2007 - After that thread was locked, Informant once again e-mailed Emma in order to suggest resolution to this situation. Informant told Emma that he was willing to accept that this matter had gotten out of hand and that she might not have known how to respond at first. He told her that he would be willing to work out a way of handling
this matter online once the scene had been removed from the film in order to help salvage the reputation of Emma, who had possibly made an error in judgment which could be forgiven.
Over the next several hours, Pamela Bruns and Informant exchanged e-mails in which Pamela once again threatened to pursue legal action and yet refused to give Informant the contact information for her attorney.
She also told Informant that she had responded to his attorney's letter on April 6. When Informant told her that his attorney had received no such response and requested a copy, Pamela sent a letter which was made to look as though it had been a forwarded copy of a response to his attorney, though it lacked several telltale signs of being
a forwarded e-mail, and also contained references to Informant's posts online which were not made until April 17.
After refusing to give Informant contact information for her attorney several times, Informant told Ms. Bruns that he did not believe that she even had an attorney. If she did, he would have responded to letters sent by Informant's attorney, he would have set up a meeting between all parties, and most importantly, he would have told Ms. Bruns to not
respond to any messages that I sent her, but rather to forward them to him so that he could respond. The lack of attorney involvment and refusal to give Informant her attorney's contact information made it clear that Ms. Bruns had no intentions of following through with offers to arrange a meeting or resolve this matter through attorneys.
Ms. Bruns also told Informant to stop attempting to contact her directly, and accused Informant of harassing her. Informant tried to explain that requesting contact information for an attorney that she threatened to use on Informant two months ago was hardly harassment. In fact, by not providing this information and by displaying an unwillingness to
communicate with Informant, Emma and Ms. Bruns were both showing a lack of willingness to comply with the legal route that they had suggested in the first place.
Once Informant called Pamela on these facts and demanded resolution to this situation, Ms. Bruns stopped responding completely. To this date, there has still been no communications from their attorney.
Informant also requested that he be allowed to post the e-mails exchanged between Pamela and himself to further assist the public in forming an opinion. She has not yet responded, but if she agrees, this complete exchange
will be posted with only personal information edited.
April 20, 2007 - Informant receives an e-mail from his attorney in which his attorney tells him that Pamela Bruns (again, not her attorney) has sent him an e-mail. In this e-mail, she repeats the message that she had sent to Informant, but this time claims to have originally sent it on April 9 rather than April 6, as she had claimed to Informant.
April 22, 2007 - A post is made on Informant's bulletin board by the fan who first told Informant about Forgotten Memories. It's revealed that Pamela Bruns has also threatened legal action against this person, who was not responsible for making this a public issue and was in no way connected to
Informant's season 8. Threatening legal action against someone who simply sent an e-mail regarding her plagiarism is not only unprofessional and seems like the tactics of a child, but is also an obvious attempt at keeping this situation quiet. This threat pushes the matter beyond the private battle between Informant and Emma/Pamela... and really pisses Informant off. If anyone else has been
threatened by these people, please let me know.
April 28, 2007 - Informant succeeds in having his material removed from YouTube.
May 4, 2007 - Informant succeeds in having his material removed from the "Forgotten Memories" Yahoo Groups page.
Until an attorney for Ms. Bruns or Emma Paige Langley contacts Informant or his attorney, or until Informant's scene is removed from "Forgotten Memories" and an apology is made to Informant and to the rest of the community that was threatened or lied to, Informant will continue to make this situation public.
Special thanks to Whenitends for letting me know about this film, to Blinker for providing the links to the Australian airdates and to anyone else that I'm forgetting to thank as I type this.