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    tell them

    Be very careful when writing material based upon someone else's work, since copyright law prohibits you from copying someone else's work without their permission. If you bring a property to a studio or a producer and it's based on a book, play, or someone's life story, our advice is to tell them. It complicates matters, but it's much better to take care of rights issues up front. If you can't deliver clean rights to your work, you'll risk undermining yourself and the people you're trying to do business with. More than one production has been killed by a studio's legal department because the writer of the adaptation didn't secure the necessary rights. Once a project is ready for production, it can become very difficult and expensive to clear these problems up.

    Which does "them" refer to? Is it "a studio or a producer" or "the writers of a book, play, or someone's life story"? It's confusing.


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    Re: tell them

    Which does "them" refer to? Is it "a studio or a producer" or "the writers of a book, play, or someone's life story"? It's confusing.
    "Them" refers to the studio or the producer. They should be informed about the source of the (intellectual) property which is going to be made use of.
    Last edited by tedmc; 12-Jun-2016 at 05:15.
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    Re: tell them

    Be very careful when writing material based upon someone else's work, since copyright law prohibits you from copying someone else's work without their permission. If you bring a property to a studio or a producer and it's based on a book, play, or someone's life story, our advice is to tell them. It complicates matters, but it's much better to take care of rights issues up front. If you can't deliver clean rights to your work, you'll risk undermining yourself and the people you're trying to do business with. More than one production has been killed by a studio's legal department because the writer of the adaptation didn't secure the necessary rights. Once a project is ready for production, it can become very difficult and expensive to clear these problems up.


    1. Why is it treated as singular instead of plural when "more than one" can imply "two"?
    More than one production has been killed b
    2. Can "property" mean "scenario"? Or is it only a varied use?

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    Re: tell them

    1. It would seem logical for more than one to be plural, but it's not. I can't explain why.
    2. In this context, a property is any kind of intellectual property.
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    Re: tell them

    There seems to be two possibilities
    1. The writer treated ' production ' as an uncountable abstract noun. Can you also say like this?
    More than one desk is in the classroom.
    2. The writer simply made a mistake.

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    Re: tell them

    Production is a countable noun, else there couldn't be more than one of them. The writer didn't make a mistake; more than one x can be singular or plural.
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