What an Idea! Recent Developments & Industry Custom for Idea Submissions
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Copyright does not protect ideas, but claims under state law are not uncommon. Still, there are numerous moving parts in these causes of action and important questions remain. Does the novelty or concreteness/specificity of the “idea” matter? Does it affect expectations of payment or “industry custom”? Should it? Are there different standards for industry “outsiders” than for material coming from experienced producers or writers? Are any types of idea claims still subject to anti-SLAAP motions or federal preemption? How does the nature of the claim impact the level of “similarity” needed to find the use of an “idea” actionable? Are ideas submitted through social media or email “blurted out”? Join a panel of experts and an experienced production executive as we explore these topics and more—the state of the art in idea protection.