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How To Attain The Rights To My Own Original Idea

How To Attain The Rights To My Own Original Idea

If you come up with an original idea for a feature film or television show, it must be written in the format of a tangible piece of media. In other words it must be documented in a format that can be read and register it with the US Copyright Office. The more detailed the document the more weight it will hold in a court of law if someone tries to steal your idea. The most ideal document to have is a script, however, this takes a tremendous amount of time and money (if you're paying a writer).The next best thing to a script is a treatment. There's no set length for a treatment but again, the more detail the better. If you decide you want to hire a screenwriter to write the script, be sure to have him/her sign a “work-for-hire” agreement before he/she starts writing. This document allows you to maintain ownership of the script after it's been written.

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