I have noticed that many (if not all) Submission Release Agreement Forms that writers have to sign and agree to when submitting a screenplay, basically waver the company from any liability or prosecution of any kind.
Some even state they may create literary materials and ideas which may be IDENTICAL in theme, idea, plot, format or any other respects.
Aren't we basically agreeing to, that they can steel your work, and that you then can't persue any legal action of any kind.
If anyone has any knowledge or experience on this topic, I would appreciate some advice or words of wisdom.
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02-22-2006 09:17 PM
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02-22-2006 10:12 PM
Signing Release Forms is a normal procedure when submitting material to companies. They require you to do this because production companies work with material, day in day out, and ideas flow thru them like water does a lake. And they often hear the same 'idea' every once in a while, and sometimes even develop it. They do this to cover their a$$ basically.
Worrying about companies stealing your idea is the hallmark of a novice, but a natural thought that goes through everyone's head at some point.
Sign the release form. And hope your material fits in with them.
Trust me, it's easier a company buys your material out-right, than steal it, and often face larger bills than if it went to court.