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  • Hi there!

    I’m in the end of a script, as a rookie Writer.
    And I’m a bit concerned, when putting, my work out there.

    I live in continental Europe, but I was thinking of registering my work at “The Writers Guild of Great Britain”.

    http://www.writersguild.org.uk/

    So later on, I could send my work, to be reviewed by BBC

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/

    Now, can BBC reject my script, but after wards, apply my ideas that were in the original script, to a similar written by their own?
    - Has anyone, suffered from ideas, script, story, thievery?

    If I could, I would direct the project on my own.
    But under my current circumstances, I’m not so “well-to-do”.
    This is my “dearest” script, that started out, by being a 10 minute bizarre shortfilm, that ended up being a feature film.
    I’m not saying it’s a great script, but It’s the one, that carved my mind, with absurd originality, nights over nights to get a consent on the story.
    I would be devastated to see my personal ideas, stolen, because I’m an illiterate when it comes to legal issues.

    I don’t have an agent, nor anything.
    I’m just a 21 year old individual, with a writting passion, trying to start a career in the Film industry.

    Here’s my general advice about people stealing your work.

    Get over it.

    The vast majority of cases where there’s intellectual property theft is when the writer gets involved in a project and then is cut loose without proper payment.

    If you’re worried about your idea being stolen – just know that you have no rights to your ideas, your copyright covers only the expression of those ideas. Movies of similar concepts get made all the time, as long as they’re materially different, there’s nothing you can do to protect an “idea”

    Besides, everybody in the business has an “idea” and I can promise you that they’re always more interested in their own ideas than in yours.

    Go ahead and get it registered with WGA, it’s not terribly expensive and it will give you some paper trail of ownership.

    Then submit it to BBC – I was looking at their site and one line popped out to me that was very interesting:

    We look for what a writer can deliver in script form rather than ideas to make.

    It could be very likely that they may like you the writer and not your idea. If that’s the case, you could get a call to write for something else.

    Work on learning to be a story teller. The story can be anything.

    @clockwisefilms said:
    Hi there!

    I’m in the end of a script, as a rookie Writer.
    And I’m a bit concerned, when putting, my work out there.

    Don’t be, for reasons stated below, when you keep things secret it becomes a situation of he said he said, which doesn’t go anywhere. By sharing your work, you have proof that you’ve created it (posts here are time stamped too). Which gives you a hard timeline.

    @clockwisefilms said:
    Now, can BBC reject my script, but after wards, apply my ideas that were in the original script, to a similar written by their own?
    - Has anyone, suffered from ideas, script, story, thievery?

    That’s the technicality, they can take ideas and create their own script, they aren’t stealing anything when they take ideas because you cannot copyright ideas. That coupled with the fact that with 7 billion people in the world the chances of two people who’ve never met coming up with the same idea around the same time is huge, and happens consistently.

    Ideas are cheap and aren’t the money making factor in anything.

    Script theft is something completely different and BBC isn’t going to do something so foolish.

    @clockwisefilms said:
    If I could, I would direct the project on my own.

    Why can’t you? If you can’t get from point A to point Z right away, why not goto point B and look for point C? For every problem there are hundreds of solutions, for every neglection there is nothing.

    @clockwisefilms said:
    I would be devastated to see my personal ideas, stolen, because I’m an illiterate when it comes to legal issues.

    It’s far more likely that your personal idea is going to be thought up by someone else before it gets stolen.

    @clockwisefilms said:
    I don’t have an agent, nor anything.
    I’m just a 21 year old individual, with a writting passion, trying to start a career in the Film industry.

    And for those reasons, it’s even less likely anyone who could be considered to steal your idea, won’t even touch the script.

    If you wanna make it as a writer you’ve got to learn the business, and the legal about your side. If you aren’t taking care of your business, who is? Learn to sell, learn to market, learn to promote, then apply it to your craft.

    Yes, I’ve had concepts stolen. And done both better and more poorly than I would have. (The latter actually stings more.)

    Get over it. Learn to realize that you have more ideas, and that your new ones will be better than your old ones, and that execution is everything.

    Thanks for the feedback.
    I’l keep in mind your replys.

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