August 16th, 2022

The Hollywood Reporter

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Bryan Sullivan Sheds Light on Entertainment Copyright Claims for The Hollywood Reporter

Bryan Sullivan was recently quoted in The Hollywood Reporter in an article that explores story theft claims in Hollywood. The article outlines that, while many movies share similarities with others in the same genre, there is grounds for a copyright claim when two works are substantially similar and it can be proven that the most recent creator had access to the previous work. Notably, ideas sent through scripts and pitched in meetings are the frequent subjects of copyright claims, but Bryan shares that claims like these are often rooted in misunderstanding.

“If you pitched it to them looking for feedback, like ‘Hey, what do you think of this idea,’ you don’t have any right to sue them if they go off and are hugely successful with the expression of the idea,” Bryan shares.

The full article can be found below.

That Was My Idea! How Hollywood Is Avoiding Story Theft Claims