We just got out here. The sun is warm and bright, melting the snow off the driveway. Got some logs for the fire later, and checked to make sure ABC is coming in on cable. Shelley's made an Oscar shaped cookie cutter for gingerbread cookies. We've put the barley wine in the fridge, and the girls are off getting provisions for dinner.
All is as it should be.
Maybe we will take a walk on the wintry beach, or through the woods with the Bouzou Dog later.
It's nice here.
A few years ago, someone mentioned to me an idea they were kicking around for a screenplay. It was a great, high-concept idea that was screaming to be written.
Years later, the script had not been written, nor had a treatment been done, or anything else been put in writing. I contacted the guy, who said he'd be willing to collaborate and write it together, but does not want to write it alone.
I have absolutely no interest in collaborating on a spec, since I have my own habits and schedule. But I hate that this concept is not being written.
Would I be a complete a-hole by writing it myself and marketing the spec?
Alex is probably frolicking with the dog right now.
But the answer to your question is a short one, and one you're not going to like.
"Would I be a complete a-hole by writing it myself and marketing the spec""
And if it went anywhere, I would think he'd probably sue you out of existence.
On the other hand -- you can't copyright an idea.
But the answer, morally, is yes.
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