a reply to: LightSpeedDriver
No need to run and hide.
Thanks also for your comments about rights. I'm fairly well up on it but it's all useful info for anyone reading. IOW, what follows is probably no
news to you, but could be of interest to others, especially if they are working on a story and dreaming of seeing it on the big screen.
Rights for (and in) creative works can be a real minefield. For example, I have my book listed in Amazon's special Kindle Unlimited program that
allows members to download it free. And while it is in that program I am not allowed to sell or give away digital copies of it in any form elsewhere.
So, it's a trade-off.
Screen rights -- film, TV and so on -- can be very complex. Most commonly, the author or owner of the work is offered an Option contract, rather than
a studio/production company offering an outright buy of the screen rights. So the bigger companies may buy hundreds of properties in a year (including
unpublished works) but only proceed to budgeting, screenplays and eventual production with very few of them. However, if they decide to actually
produce the work, then typically there'll be a rights fee (much higher than an option fee) agreed to in the options contract and that fee or at least
a good chunk of it typically falls due on the first day of actual filming.
And yes, as you say, virtually all properties are adapted for the screen, the author credit can vary a lot, depending on whether it's eg "Adapted from
the novel xxxxx by Author's Name", or "Based upon the novel (etc)", or "Inspired by (etc etc etc)". And probably a few others I missed. If the author
is lucky or has the clout, they might even get to be involved in the screenplay, but that's not all that common.
That thing with sound recordings works both ways. I recall that Mike Oldfield wanted to re-engineer and re-record some parts of his Tubular
album as recording and sound engineering tech improved, but under his original contract he was not allowed to release a new version until 30
years had elapsed.
So, being a patient guy, he waited 30 years and then did the new version.
Re the moon thing. I can't make you believe any different. It's your right to have whatever opinion of it all that you wish. Perhaps my perspective is
different because I am old enough to recall the highs and lows of the Apollo program as they happened.
edit on 13/12/17 by JustMike because: I fixed some niggly typos.