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Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal

Authors

Brian Devine

Abstract

This note discusses idea submissions in Hollywood, arguing for the necessity of idea protection in the entertainment industry. As in copyright, the law should provide protection for ideas to promote progress and incentives to create, thus achieving the aims of intellectual property. Devine states that the most significant form of protection for ideas is achieved through contract law, and he argues that preemption by federal copyright law is endangering idea protection.

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