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Raymond Motion Pictures
Re: Who owns raw footage?
on Dec 1, 2007 at 3:41:23 pm

[Bruce Bennett in Madison, WI] "It must be a "finished work" in order to be copyrighted, and he/she who creates the finished work (not the idea or concept) owns copyright."

A 'finished work' can be a single sheet paper describing the idea or concept and that can be copyrighted. A patent is not all that different, whether or not it sees production.

If a screenwriter uses the idea to create a script - another copyright is created. If produced, another. But if the concept guy is not paid, neither copyright is 'clean.'

An old trick for protecting a concept was to have it notarized, put in a sealed envelope and mailed to yourself and left sealed until the day you need it in court. (Better than an NDA)

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