It's screen character rights. If you write a book, nobody else can use your
characters. If a studio makes a film, they don't want another studio to use
their characters. If you write a series, you can see where there might be
issues in giving different books to different studios.
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From: "jacquesdebierue" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 5:25 PM
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Slayground
> Does anybody know then this exploitative notion of "right to characters"
> started in the film industry? It's atrocious for writers that somebody
> would have a right to something they haven't even written (future
> installments in a series, for example). Or am I reading this wrong? It
> seems that there is almost a boilerplate expectation on the part of those
> buying film rights, which makes me wonder how it started and why it has
> been accepted.
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