Saturday, January 15, 2005

Copyright of creative ideas and material

Just a word in regard to what I write on this page or any where else. Pete and I do write screenplays and currently have one for sale. It has gotten good reviews on American Zoetrope's website. Our contact information is listed.

At the risk of sounding mean or whatever, I feel that I need to properly protect my creative ideas. My ideas and writings do have my copyright and are not here for others to use, reprint or make money from. The idea for a movie about my "Wheeled Migration" is of my own creation. Please allow me to finish writing it and pitch it and make huge loads of steaming piles of cash.

Those of you that help me and give me ideas, will be cut in on the money and fame. Isn't that nice? So come on Pete (My husband Pete that is!) & Cuppajoe, fork over those ideas! Let's get it in the can.


  • LOL

    Well, I'll help out anyway I can... Just let me know what you need!

    For starters, you might like to check this out:

    Oh, and it's Cuppojoe... with an "o"... not an "a"... but no big deal... ;)

    By Blogger Cuppojoe, at 7:24 PM  

  • ... but you pinching off the Winged Migration is okay... :) Maybe I'll do the "Four-wheeled Migration." just kidding... but it does seem silly. :)

    By Blogger Chris, at 7:12 AM  

  • Hello Kate,

    I respect and understand your desire to protect your intellectual property. There are too many careless and unethical people out there who think everything is public domain...

    However, one of the fundementals of Copyright law is that you CANNOT copyright an idea. Your copyright protects your crafting of words - the way you write something - NOT (and never) ideas (as mentioned in your post).

    You can verify this on the US Copyright Website:

    By Blogger Bernie, at 9:18 AM  

  • Well then from now on, I'll keep MY IDEAS to MYSELF. Anyone so ignorant to STEAL someone else's idea and make money from it deserves all the worst that life offers.

    Mainly because that would be fairly obvious WHERE the idea came from in the first place. Also, I would still go out of my way to file suit on the thief as well.

    By Blogger Kate Ford, at 10:20 AM  

  • I can certainly understand your concern and frustration. I too feel that people should come up with their own unique ideas.

    I will say, however, that almost every movie I have ever seen has a plot or a story that I have either thought of at one time, or seen previously. I suspect this is true for most people.

    A copyright is intended to protect the author's tangible forms of expression (excluding ideas, methods, titles,...).

    The US Copyright Office website has an informative primer: Copyright Basics.

    I have numerous works for which I have secured Copyright and/or Registered Trademark protection for. I've also have a trademark and patent attorney that I've used more than once to protect my intellectual property.

    So, I am no stranger to all of this... I truly hope that people will undertand that they cannot just go around the Internet taking (read: stealing) graphics, articles, and design to use as their own. Create your own people! Or, hire someone who can do it for you.

    I'm not sure how people can feel proud of something that they took (without permission) from others.

    Recently I had an ezine publisher assume that she had the right to publish my article(s) without my permission. She quickly learned that articles on websites are not necessarily public domain (and in most cases are not).

    I wish you great success with your works Kate.

    By Blogger Bernie, at 10:48 AM  

  • I don't understand it myself but it happens. It's sad but it's the dollar that rules in most cases. Very sad.

    I'm glad you stopped the ezine publisher from going ahead. It's nice to see that some of them don't get away with it. It makes me rather paranoid to mention certain topics online since we never know who is reading them. Normally my husband (we also write together) and I are very careful about what we write and say around other people.

    I'm not a stingy person. I have no problem with sharing profits from a film born of an idea of mine. I think some people don't feel that way. Again, it's sad.

    Thanks for the links and ideas. Best of luck with your writings as well.

    By Blogger Kate Ford, at 11:01 AM  

  • You are quite welcome Kate. I enjoy communicating with other writers.

    Thank you for your kind comments. I believe it is clear to see that you are not stingy. You seem like a very giving and trusting person. Those are two great indicators of your continued success.

    I will stop back and visit your blog periodically.


    By Blogger Bernie, at 11:15 AM  

  • Kate,

    I have a couple 'copyright' ideas for your site that I want to share with you, but I couldn't find your email address on your site.

    If you want the information, get in touch with me. You can use the email form on my site...

    Best Regards,


    By Blogger Bernie, at 11:51 AM  

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