We don’t sign writers’ own NDAs as, in our experience, it can be a cumbersome and time-consuming process. Not only that but it’s also unnecessary.
We—and to be honest, 99 percent of people and companies out there—have zero interest in “stealing screenplays.” Managers, execs, producers, etc. will be interested in hiring you as a writer, not running off with one script.
And script consultancies like ourselves have no desire to do this either. We have our own careers and reputations to take care of and simply want to help you succeed too.
So… every script that’s sent to us remains completely the author’s intellectual property, and we will under no circumstances release, or let your script be viewed, by any third party without your prior consent.
Not only that, but every idea we suggest or piece of feedback that you take on board and add to your script will be completely 100 percent your own.
We also never accept royalties. We’re just here to help you make it as a screenwriter and all we ask is that you invite us to the premiere. ?
If you’re still worried, however, here’s the legal angle:
• We recommend all screenwriters register their screenplays at the US copyright office and/or WGA West before sending their work out. It’s cheap, easy, and will protect you against any copyright infringement by law if it ever came to that.
• Here’s a blog post on the subject you may find useful: How to Copyright a Script the Smart Way and Avoid These 5 Legal Pitfalls.