Understanding the power of "Idea" in Television
Producer – Founder, TVWritersVault.com
|“How can I protect my idea for a movie or TV show?”, and “Is my reality show idea or movie pitch protected by copyright?”|
These are two critical questions I often hear from new screenwriters and producers wanting to pitch their projects in the TV/Film marketplace. I’m not a Lawyer, and I don’t play one on TV, but my background in TV format and film concept development at top companies has given me a firsthand understanding of how the process of creating and pitching TV show ideas and movie ideas impacts the ability to protect a creator’s project.
The debate over whether or not ideas can be protected is one that often misleads the Writer/Creator in understanding their intellectual property rights, and a company’s position on the issue. So let’s dive in for an understanding of how copyright protection and the process of pitching ideas intersect within the TV and film industry.
When people tell you “ideas can’t be protected”, they’re telling a half truth. The truth is more specific.
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