Protecting and Over-Protecting Your TV Script: Copyright, Ownership and Idea Theft (PT23) - Paper Team

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Summary: Alex and Nick discuss the contentious subject of copyrighting and idea theft in television. From the WGA to the Copyright Office, we take a look at the basics of protecting your work.<br> What does a copyright do? Should you register your TV spec script or pilot? Have there been cases of TV copyright infringements? Why is it important for TV writers to share their work?<br> The Paper Team consults their legal team…<br> SHOWNOTES<br> Content<br> 1 – What is copyright or WGA West Registry vs. Copyright Office (1:01)<br><br> 2 – Common questions about copyright (04:06)<br><br> 3 – International copyright (9:55)<br><br> 4 – When you should copyright and if copyright is enforced in TV (12:00)<br><br> 5 – Why you should share your work instead of over-protecting it (19:02)<br><br> Takeaways (28:14)<br> Links<br> <a href="">WGA West Registry</a><br><br> <a href="">U.S. Copyright Office</a><br><br> <a href="">Copyright Act of 1976</a><br><br> <a href="'_rights">Authors’ Rights (AKA “droit d’auteur”)</a><br><br> <a href="">“Judge Rejects New Girl Idea Theft Case” – Variety</a><br><br> <a href="">“Forest Park’s Breach of Contract Suit Over USA Network’s ‘Royal Pains’ Not Preempted by Copyright Act” – Seattle Copyright Watch</a><br><br> <a href="">John August’s thoughts on idea theft</a><br><br> <a href="">“Speccing and Sharing Star Trek: Terran” – TV Calling</a><br><br> <a href="">Javier Grillo-Marxuach’s “Experimental Design Bureau”</a><br><br> <a href="">John August’s draft library</a><br><br> <a href="">“A darkly comedic Seinfeld spec script set days after 9/11” – AV Club</a><br> Special thanks to <a href="">Jason J. Cohn</a> for helping us edit this episode.<br> If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at <a href=""></a>! :)<br> You can find Paper Team on Twitter:<br><br> Alex – <a href="">@TVCalling</a><br><br> Nick – <a href="">@_njwatson</a><br><br> If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us:<br>