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Tough screenplay rights issue
« on: Jun 21st, 2007, 10:23am »
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I no longer work for the production company that I was working at.  They would continually change my job title, and I at a certain point was called a "writer".  I never signed anything as part of my employment that said they have rights to ideas, concepts or scripts that I generate.  Last year, while still working for the company, I sold them a script and they gave me a contract to purchase it (they have yet to pay me).
 
I left the company and there is another screenplay I had written during the time I was employed there that they assume they still own.  I have not signed a contract, I personally have the script registered, and they have never seen nor could ever produce a physical copy of the actual script.  
 
How do I move ahead with the script somewhere else without the old company trying to sue me? What do I have to do to tell them this is mine, not yours? With the registration and the presidence of purchasing the last script through a contract, I can't see how they can lay claim to it.
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