Idea Theft – Threat or Myth?

Julie Grey answers a common question about plagiarism that make writers paranoid about their ideas.

If you are particularly worried that your concept is so original that it needs to be protected post haste, you can go ahead and register your script with the WGA when you have a complete first draft.

If you want to wait a couple of drafts after having received feedback and then register a better, more final version, that would be my personal recommendation.

Now to the real meat of your question: Is it paranoid to not tell people the title or the logline of the script lest they steal it?

Think it through: you tell someone the title of your script. Aha! They go home and replicate your entire script. Not possible based on the title alone.

Or, you tell someone the title and idea of your script, they go home, and write a version of your idea with your title.

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