Byron,
The movie may be the usual Hollywood crapola, but the original short story, which I read when it was published in the New Yorker a few years ago, was strangely moving. The author, a woman, captured the regret and loss we feel for missed opportunities (the road not taken) and the irrevocable past. If only some male short story author would do similar justice to a story where the passage of time grinds down two women who fall in love with one another in their youth as sales clerks at the Wal-Mart. Separated by the heavy hand of convention, they endure loveless marriages, bear ugly ungrateful children, dabble in running backwoods meth labs in house trailers, meet from time to time, etc. etc.
Mike
I just wrote this to a friend. I am posting the letter to this forum with its idea for a movie, in case anyone decides in the future to make the movie and not pay me for the idea. I posted this message on January 21, 2006 and I declare my movie outline copywrite (c) as of this date.
Michael Eisenstadt

505 West 7th St., #308Austin, TX 78701
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Byron, The movie may be the usual Hollywood crapola, but the original short story, which I read when it was ... declare my movie outline copywrite (c) as of this date. Michael Eisenstadt 505 West 7th St., #308 Austin, TX 78701

Good luck, Michael. Ideas are not copyrightable. Executions of said idea are!
Caroline
Byron, The movie may be the usual Hollywood crapola, but the original short story, which I read when it was ... declare my movie outline copywrite (c) as of this date. Michael Eisenstadt 505 West 7th St., #308 Austin, TX 78701

Wilford Brimley
Dan Aykroyd
Katharine Hepburn
Martin Scorsese
copyright
(sigh)

Women are like elephants. I like to look at 'em,
but I wouldn't want to own one.
W. C. Fields
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I just wrote this to a friend. I am posting the letter to this forum with its idea for a ... declare my movie outline copywrite (c) as of this date. Michael Eisenstadt 505 West 7th St., #308 Austin, TX 78701

1. As has just been stated, ideas indeed are not subject to copyrightprotection, nor would I consider what you posted here to even remotely resemble an outline (which can be protected.)
2. It's copyright, not copywrite.
3. If you are really concerned about plagiarism, I suggest not postingit on the Internet, and registering it with the US Copyright Office and the Writers Guild of America. While you do receive immediate copyright on anything you write, that's very far from the standard of proof you'd need to prove plagiarism in the courts, so registration helps a lot.

Good luck with your project.
http://www.copyright.gov /
http://www.wga.org /
As blatant satire, it's well written. Copywrite is the only typo. I can only assume that the OP is joking. LOL.
Byron, The movie may be the usual Hollywood crapola, but the original short story, which I read when it was ... I posted this message on January 21, 2006 and I declare my movie outline copywrite (c) as of this date.

I especially like the way you attempt to copywrite (sic) "etc. etc."
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1. As has just been stated, ideas indeed are not subject to copyright protection, nor would I consider what you posted here to even remotely resemble an outline (which can be protected.)

How can an outline be protected? Contract law is really the only thing that "protects" pitches/outlines.
1. As has just been stated, ideas indeed are not ... to even remotely resemble an outline (which can be protected.)

How can an outline be protected? Contract law is really the only thing that "protects" pitches/outlines.

You can copyright a treatment. I've just never heard of copyrighting an outline. But just 'cause I haven't heard of it doesn't mean it's not possible. I suppose a well developed outine could be called a "treatment."
Yeah, because, like, no MAN has ever said anything like "two roads diverged in a yellow wood" before...
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