COPYRIGHT LAW AROUND the world is based on a simple premise – surrounding the planet earth there is a cloud of creativity of ideas. Any two people at the same time can pull down the same idea. And ideas are free.
I am not a lawyer. Nothing in this chapter should be construed as legal advice and is presented for educational purposes only. Please see a lawyer.
What is copyrightable is the expression of the idea, whether it be a poem, sculpture, libretto, novel or script. Sometimes, the difference between what is an expression of an idea and what is an idea can become complicated. Lawyers can get rich over this distinction.
Basically, two screenwriters could ostensibly come up with the same storyline for a movie. ...