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JimmyHyena 07-02-2017 10:29 AM

screenplay release form
If you sign a release form like this:
You renounce any claim that XYZ productions has misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission.
Does this mean you would have no recourse if say someone made a film that was almost scene for scene the same as your work?

mlesemann 07-02-2017 10:40 AM

That reads to me as if you're renouncing recourse specifically re XYZ productions. Are you submitting your screenplay to them?

JimmyHyena 07-03-2017 04:24 AM

XYZ is a made up name. What I'm asking is if that in signing this from whatever production company I would in fact be giving them right to use my entire screenplay almost verbatim, seeing as how a film is made of "portions" and ideas. Say that the film is made of seven scenes which could be considered "portions" and strung together in the same way that they were in my screenplay would renouncing the right to each of these protions equivaut renouncing the right to the screenplay itself?

buscando 07-03-2017 12:17 PM

That's right. If you sign it, you have no legal recourse.

indietalk 07-03-2017 12:37 PM

Are you using a script coverage service? Or entering a competition? Any links?

Wherever you submit they want to cover their ass, lawsuits are a dime a dozen. But you also want to protect your work. You may want a lawyer to draw up the contract, the internet is not the best for such advice but more info would help.

JimmyHyena 07-03-2017 01:24 PM

No I'm just submitting my work to producers. I don't think that either coverage or contests would prove helpful for this particular project. Anyhow ain't got the money for it and I'm living on another continent.

indietalk 07-03-2017 02:11 PM

It's up to you, if you agree to the language. They are most likely in CYA mode, not looking to steal, but you never know.

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