Q: I am currently writing a book that I intend to turn into a tv series. If I write up a proposal, can I copyright the idea
A: Generally speaking, copyright does not protect an idea, it protects the expression of the idea in a tangible medium. For example, a published book or written story would be protected by copyright but not the idea for the story.
A: As Ms. Surero said, copyright does not protect "ideas." Rights of copyright do attach as soon as you "fix" the idea in some expression. In your case, it sounds like you have established some copyright rights in your draft of the book. Depending how far along you are in that process, you might consider registering it with the Copyright Office as an unpublished work. It will be best to consult a copyright attorney so you can explore the full range of options you may have.
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