How To Protect A Screenplay — Shane Stanley

Film Courage: How does a writer protect themselves from being taken advantage of?

Shane Stanley, Filmmaker/Author/Instructor: Again, I think the most important thing a writer can do is obviously they have to copyright their material and that includes the treatments, it includes the script, and you have to take notes of where projects go. I look back at some of the projects I had ripped off and if I had just taken better notes, just documented — who, what, when, where and why I could have stopped them from being taken or at least gotten to partake in its success or failure from a producer or a creator standpoint. I just think it’s too easy for people when we’re coming up we want so bad to have our work accepted, we want to make it so bad whether we’re an actor or a writer. The problem is if you’re…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 
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