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The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers, 2nd Edition by Thomas A. Crowell

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8

CREATING A SCREENPLAY

 

 

 

Creating and protecting a screenplay can be both artistically and legally challenging:

  • Legally, the simplest route is to write it yourself. (See “Writing the Screenplay by Yourself,” p. 87.)
  • Even if you are the sole author of a screenplay, if you're adapting another per- son's work, you will need his or her permission to do so. (See “Screenplay Adaptations,” p. 117.)
  • If you are writing with another person, you should be aware of the legal implications of collaborative writing and joint authorship. (See “Writing Collaboration,” p. 90.)
  • If you are basing the script on someone's life story, you will need to secure the rights. (See “Life Story Rights,” p. 124.)
  • Regardless of how the screenplay is written, you should ...

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