I have an idea for a tv show based from a website. I dont own the website but I wanna pitch to the network and pitch to the website to get permisssion. How do I do this? Do I copyright the idea first?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): California
Thank you for the post, I am happy to assist you by answering your questions. You cannot copyright an idea, you can only copyright content. Therefore, you need to produce the content that is the subject of your tv show. You should consider approaching the owner of the website with nondisclosure agreement to commence discussing the tv show creation and rights to content. Once you have done this, then you can collectively present the idea to the networks. Please let me know if you need additional guidance.
Thank you that helps out alot!
What if the content is based from the website and its an award show based from the content? ,Thank you that helps out alot!
,Thank you that helps out alot!
If the content is based from the website and its an award show based from that content whether you need the permission from the website owner depends on if the awards show uses the language from the website and to what degree. For example, if the website is an awards based website (e.g. where the site issues awards) and you want to turn that into an actual televised awards ceremony you would need the website owner's consent. If on the other hand the website ranks consumer products and you want to create a show that gives awards to consumer products manufacturers but does not necessarily adopt the same format or categories and winners as the site you would not need permission from the site owner.
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