Will the Writers' Strike Solve Anything?

Tuned In: The current walkout is a dispute over money and new technologies. But neither side may wind up the winner

Gary He / AP

ABC writer Elizabeth Page, right, and other members of the Writers Guild of America picket NBC headquarters in New York on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007.

On monday, TV and movie writers walked off the job, demanding a cut of the proceeds when their work appears on the Web. The same day, viral-video site Break.com invited striking writers to enter a short-movie contest, the winner to receive $5,000 (and everyone else to get, um, the pleasure of uploading their work). "We get close to 1.5 million guys watching over 12,000 videos on our site every day," the site boasted. "They could be watching yours!"

From unpaid Web work to mostly unpaid Web work — it's an irony they might have made up...

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