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PROTECTION OF MOVIE SCRIPTS : FILING WITH WRITERS ASSOCIATION V/S COPYRIGHT FILING Movie scripts are an essential aspect of movie-making. In fact, the whole process of movie- making starts with the script as it contains the key to execution of idea of the film. Hence, they need to be protected. When a writer develops an idea & wishes to create a script, he needs to share that idea with numerous people. The copyright law doesn’t accord protection to the idea, but the form in which its expressed, in this case the movie script. The idea cannot be accorded copyright protection since a single idea can give rise to numerous storylines, however the script-writer can safeguard it through non-disclosure agreement. BENEFITS OF COPYRIGHT PROTECTION Creates a public record. Allows you to initiate a lawsuit against the infringer. Bestows economic benefits on the copyright owner. Allows the copyright owner to sell or pass the rights of their work. Allows the copyright owner to make modifications to their work. PROTECTION UNDER COPYRIGHT LAW The Copyright Act grants protection to concept notes, scripts & screenplays as literary works. The following set of people are permitted to apply for copyright protection to the registrar of copyrights: The Author: It may be either the very person who created the work or if the work was made during employment, then the employer (work made for hire). In case the work is a creation of two or more authors then cp-authors can also apply for registration. The Copyright Claimant: A copyright claimant may be either the author themselves or an individual or organisation that has acquired the ownership rights from the actual author by means of a written contract, agreement, etc. The Authorized Agent: An authorized agent is the one who has been appointed to act on behalf of either the author, or the copyright claimant or the owner of an exclusive right.

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