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Old 11-25-2019, 10:34 AM   #1
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I want to write a screenplay based on a Japanese Manga, the copyright holder has said in a statement that was published that anyone can use his work without fear of copyright enforcement and that he will not enforce the copyright

How do you believe I should proceed, should i make the owner sign a legally binding agreement that he will not enforce the copyright, or should i just buy the option
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Old 11-25-2019, 02:03 PM   #2
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Manga rights are notoriously hard to pin down with often multiple rights holders across multiple companies. I've seen studios take up to two years to sort it out. Someone saying they are the rights holder does not always make it 100% so. I don't know this specific manga but the general advice here is to move on.
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Old 11-25-2019, 03:44 PM   #3
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Manga rights are notoriously hard to pin down with often multiple rights holders across multiple companies. I've seen studios take up to two years to sort it out. Someone saying they are the rights holder does not always make it 100% so. I don't know this specific manga but the general advice here is to move on.
I understand what you are saying, but in this case the author is the sole owner and has even stopped the publisher from publishing his award winning 10 million copies sold work, he has put it online for free and has put out a statement that anyone can use his novel to create a derivative work in film, television, and merchandise
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Old 11-25-2019, 03:51 PM   #4
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I understand what you are saying, but in this case the author is the sole owner and has even stopped the publisher from publishing his award winning 10 million copies sold work, he has put it online for free and has put out a statement that anyone can use his novel to create a derivative work in film, television, and merchandise
If anyone can, and it's a good concept, you can bet every studio has looked at doing it already, and maybe has in development already. But if you have a passion for it, do it regardless.
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Old 11-25-2019, 04:49 PM   #5
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the problem, legally, for anyone's spec based on this creator's vague assurance of no intention to litigate a copyright claim is that no studio or prodco worth its salt is going to commit to a multi-million dollar project on that representation alone.
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Old 11-25-2019, 04:56 PM   #6
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the problem, legally, for anyone's spec based on this creator's vague assurance of no intention to litigate a copyright claim is that no studio or prodco worth its salt is going to commit to a multi-million dollar project on that representation alone.
Exactly, so my question is would you have to make the copyright holder sign a legally binding agreement that he will not enforce the copyright, or would you have to convince him to sell you the film rights
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