posted on Jun, 29 2019 @ 10:08 AM
I've had some dealings in this area. Plagiarism is rampant. Studios and production companies like to deny they have even heard of anyone's work so
they can take a run at the same storyline themselves. Your best protections are:
A. Write it out as book if you can, publish or not, with forks, then copyright it.
B. Write a comprehensive screenplay with multiple plot forks, then copyright it.
C. Create a working storyboard, include the forks, then copyright it.
D. Create a detailed synopsis that can be sent out unsolicited to studios and producers.
Not great protection, but it's the best you're going to get in the business. If a studio or producer uses your idea and even alters it, your forks
should give you legal standing. They can't say they didn't know because you sent the idea to them. I have spoken with Pando (Peter fonda) and Icon
(Mel Gibson) about these problems, but that was 15 years ago. Things might have changed or gotten worse.
ETA: I do have a book and screenplay, no storyboard, but a good multipage synopsis. Unfortunately, my book is about real situations involving
corruption in the military, governments, killings, deliberate plane crashes and weapons deals, too many criminals might be harmed in the making of a
movie which makes my history commercially non-viable. At least according to CSIS and my FOIA request on myself :-)
Cheers - Dave
edit on 6/29.2019 by bobs_uruncle because: (no reason given)