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Old 06-12-2019, 02:08 AM   #1
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Default Cause for concern or just lawyer mumbo jumbo?

Some Studios have in their terms of agreement on their website, that by sending any unsolicited material you give the studios all rights to use your work this without any compensation.

Seems like a deterrent, even if its just a log line.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:52 AM   #2
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Default Re: Cause for concern or just lawyer mumbo jumbo?

By sending them a query, then, you're agreeing to these terms!

Well, if it became a billion-dollar hit, in their wee dark hearts they know they might have a problem: You and your lawyer might come calling, even if you have to wait a decade for the result. No one knows what'll happen when the courts get involved. And even if a settlement is just one percent coming your way, if it covers any more than your lawyers' fees it's still a win.

Personally, I leave ones like this alone. There are a million places to pitch, so why bother?

After all, the glass isn't half empty... it's half full! That is, by not accepting my pitch, it's their loss!
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:30 AM   #3
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By sending them a query, then, you're agreeing to these terms!

Well, if it became a billion-dollar hit, in their wee dark hearts they know they might have a problem: You and your lawyer might come calling, even if you have to wait a decade for the result. No one knows what'll happen when the courts get involved. And even if a settlement is just one percent coming your way, if it covers any more than your lawyers' fees it's still a win.

Personally, I leave ones like this alone. There are a million places to pitch, so why bother?

After all, the glass isn't half empty... it's half full! That is, by not accepting my pitch, it's their loss!
Good point.

Is actually Terms of Use section on website.

One problem is these stupid Terms are often buried in the website under some minuscule link.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:42 AM   #4
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Default Re: Cause for concern or just lawyer mumbo jumbo?

Are you talking about studios like universal? Of course they have that language otherwise we all can send ideas in and then sue them when they steal our idea. Big company legal mojo.

You never send studios things. Did you mean production companies??
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:53 AM   #5
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Default Re: Cause for concern or just lawyer mumbo jumbo?

They are protecting themselves. They also don't want ANYONE sending them unsolicited scripts. It's their business model. Without a manager (agents are out right now) or a trusted industry professional referring it, scripts don't get looked at and are unwanted by studios and large production companies with "no unsolicited scripts" policies.

So you know what you do? You don't try and send them a script they don't want. You find smaller producers who do and query them. Every successful writer who has gone on to bigger and better films got there by having a smaller successful film that got them notice. That's what you concentrate on.
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:37 AM   #6
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Are you talking about studios like universal? Of course they have that language otherwise we all can send ideas in and then sue them when they steal our idea. Big company legal mojo.

You never send studios things. Did you mean production companies??
I meant studios. I was going off a screenwriting publication that threw prodcos and studios in one big listing.
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