Chapter 15

You Can Get Paid to Do this

Key Terms

agents

logline

public domain

clear title

pari passu

service for hire

common law

per minute of finished

statute

concept

program

treatment

copyright

percentage of the gross

work-made-for-hire

first-draft screenplay

piecework

Writers Guild of America

flat fee

pitching

(East and West)

indemnity

premise

Writers’ Guild of Great Britain

intellectual property

producer’s net

 

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