Creating and protecting a screenplay can be both artistically and legally challenging:
• Legally, the simplest route is to write it yourself. (See Writing a Screenplay by Yourself, p. 61.)
• Even if you are the sole author of a screenplay, if you're adapting another person's work, you will need his or her permission to do so. (See Screenplay Adaptations, p. 88.)
• 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. 63.)
• If you are basing the script on someone's life story, you will need to secure the rights. (See Life Story Rights, p. 94.)
• Regardless of how the screenplay is written, you should protect it by registering the copyright. (See Copyright Registration, p. 106.)
• If, instead of writing the screenplay yourself, you are buying or optioning the screenplay, you have a slightly different set of concerns. (See Acquiring Screenplay Rights, p. 73.)
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