Writers write! But thieves steal!
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I know the man who wrote JUNGLE JUICE, ALADDIN'S CARPET, AND KING NEPTUNE'S COURT and ran them as his own Hollywood TV series "The Gordon Bennett Marionette Show" for a long time: all of were adapted without his knowledge or concent or financial payment into THE LION KING [same characters, same color, same story], ALADDIN [same characters, same color, same story], and THE LITTLIST MERMAID [same characters, same color, same story].
"How?" you ask!
SIMPLE! The originator, who got not a red cent from the company that adapted his work, had a TX [text only] copyright. The adapting company got a VA [visual arts] copyright and a PA [performing arts] copyright because they wrote the scripts
differently in formatting. The courts never got to hear the originators complaint because of this. They said he had no case because the copyrights were different, and intended for different mediums!
Therefore, one must conclude that the only safe way to create and secure intellectual material (writing) is to copyright three versions of it before publicizing it! Yes, you can!!!!
Each copyright costs $32 and forms can be downloaded on-line. As the saying goes... "JUST DO IT!"
And then relax while you try to sell your work!