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I've written a screenplay based on a true story. May I use real people's names in my Big Break submission?

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I've written a screenplay based on a true story. May I use real people's names in my Big Break submission?

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We do accept adaptations of true stories, however, you must be sure that the people represented in the script have given you permission to use their names and stories. In order to enter, you must be able to grant the rights to the story you wrote to a producer, should he want to option the script. Securing the rights to the source material is the responsibility of the screenwriter. If you feel that the rights are available, you may certainly enter. Regrettably, we cannot offer any advice on whether or not the rights are available. We recommend that you consult an attorney if you plan to pursue the project, as the question regarding rights - even life rights - would eventually come up and need to be addressed prior to anyone's optioning or buying the script

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Views: 5209 Created on: Feb 22, 2010
Date Updated: Feb 22, 2013
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