Script Protection & Idea Theft

How To Legally Protect Your Script, Idea or Project
Hosted by Jaia Thomas

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Entertainment Attorney at The Law Office of Jaia Thomas

Jaia Thomas is an entertainment attorney with over nine years of legal experience assisting clients with transactional and intellectual property matters. She regularly counsels filmmakers and producers on all aspects of film financing, production and distribution. She also regularly assists content creators with federal copyright registration and licensing. Ms. Thomas is an adjunct instructor at UCLA, where she teaches a course titled, “Copyright Law in the Entertainment Industries.” The course provides students with an overview of copyright protection and how it affects the television, film, fashion and new media industries. Prior to her appointment at UCLA, Ms. Thomas was an adjunct instructor at American University, where she taught graduate producing students about production company formation. She provided students with the tools necessary to launch and sustain their own television and film production companies. Ms. Thomas is a regular legal contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine, where she regularly writes about the intersection of entrepreneurship, entertainment and intellectual property law. Jaia Thomas is a graduate of Colgate University (BA) and The George Washington University Law School (JD). She also holds a Certificate in Television, Film and New Media Production from University of California, Los Angeles Full Bio »

Learn directly from Jaia Thomas, Entertainment Attorney who specializes in federal copyright registration and licensing as well as film financing, production and distribution!

Do you have an idea for a television show but worried about the legal ramifications of sharing the idea with others? Do you have a film script but don’t know how to properly protect it from copyright or infringement?

From Avatar to Empire, hundreds of films and television shows have been faced with infringement and idea theft lawsuits over the years. What is idea theft? And what are the best ways screenwriters, television writers and content creators can protect their ideas and scripts?

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Jaia Thomas will provide you with all the legal tools necessary to protect any and every type of script and screenplay. Drawing from her 9+ years of legal experience successfully assisting filmmakers with transactional and intellectual property matters, Jaia will navigate you through the copyright registration process, going step-by-step through the process of registering a script with the United States Copyright Office. Ms. Thomas will also outline some of the key distinctions and misconceptions between registration with the US Copyright Office and the Writers Guild of America. The webinar will also outline some of the key legal precautions writers can take to protect their ideas and scripts during the collaboration and pitching process, as well as provide attendees with a list of technologies available to assist with script protection.

You will leave this webinar knowing exactly how to protect your current and future ideas, scripts and projects!


What You'll Learn:

1). Copyright Registration

  • How to register a script with the US Copyright Office
  • The legal advantages of registering a script with the US Copyright Office
  • Debunking common misconceptions such as the “Poor Man’s Copyright”

2). Writers Guild Registration

  • Registering a script, idea, outline with the Writers Guild
  • The legal advantages and disadvantages of registering a script with the Writers Guild
  • Key distinctions between registration with the US Copyright Office and Writers Guild

3). Idea Protection and Theft

  • How to protect a television show or reality show “idea”
  • Legal requirements for filing an “idea theft” claim in New York and California
  • Overview of seminal idea theft court case, Desny v. Wilder, 46 Cal. 2d 715 (1956)

4). Additional Precautionary Measures

  • Mobile Apps
  • Digital Watermarks
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements

5). In-depth, recorded Q&A with Jaia


About Your Instructor:

Jaia Thomas is an entertainment attorney with over nine years of legal experience assisting clients with transactional and intellectual property matters. She regularly counsels filmmakers and producers on all aspects of film financing, production and distribution. She also regularly assists content creators with federal copyright registration and licensing.

Ms. Thomas is an adjunct instructor at UCLA, where she teaches a course titled, “Copyright Law in the Entertainment Industries.” The course provides students with an overview of copyright protection and how it affects the television, film, fashion and new media industries. Prior to her appointment at UCLA, Ms. Thomas was an adjunct instructor at American University, where she taught graduate producing students about production company formation. She provided students with the tools necessary to launch and sustain their own television and film production companies.

Ms. Thomas is a regular legal contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine, where she regularly writes about the intersection of entrepreneurship, entertainment and intellectual property law.

Jaia Thomas is a graduate of Colgate University (BA) and The George Washington University Law School (JD). She also holds a Certificate in Television, Film and New Media Production from University of California, Los Angeles


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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Highly informative. Thank you Jaia Thomas!
  • Great webinar with invaluable tips and advice. Great presentation and presenter. Very pleased and satisfied.

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