I am working on a spin-off of a 80's sitcom. From time to time since joining Stage 32; I get asked if I have permission to use the predecessors characters. The way I view it; is that I don't plan on selling the content to anyone; I plan on giving the concept that I developed to the organization that currently owns it and that's it. If they like the concept; they can either buy my scripts; or develop their own based on the concept I gave them. At this point, I look at my development of this series in one of two ways. It is currently nothing more than fan fiction (that will never be published by me); and the other way its just a continuation (to spec) of the original story. Being that I don't plan to publish it outside the channels of those who already own it; and that I don't plan on selling the concept; I don't believe I need to seek permission to write my scripts. Also, if this is, of sorts, a to spec creation; I shouldn't need to seek permission. If that was the case; the screen writers guild would not have requirements that studios accept a percentage of their scripts from outside writers and we would have no one new writing for TV. Am I correct in my interpretations? Any one know.if I still need to receive permissions even if the people I am writing for are the same people who already own the content? Please let me know.