The Literary Option and Purchase Agreement

The literary option and purchase agreement (the “Agreement”) gives a producer, production company or studio the right to shop, package, set up, or produce a film based upon the screenplay or book (the “literary property”) that is the subject matter of the Agreement. As such, the Agreement is one of the most crucial legal documents associated with the production of a film. If the producer does not acquire all of the rights necessary, then the producer may find it impossible to secure, among other things, production financing and distribution. For the writer, the Agreement determines payment, credit, and future rights where the literary property is concerned. [Read Article]

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