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Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal

Abstract

A storyline is the foundation of any motion picture or television program. However, basic storylines are afforded little protection under the copyright laws. This note analyzes the extent of protection afforded storylines under federal and California copyright law. The author discusses ways an author may fashion his storyline in order to afford it greater copyright protection, as well as remedies available to a storyline writer when infringement does occur.

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