What I'm starting to form as a clarified thought from the results of these two, admittedly fresh cases is this: Collaborative works that join "non-freestanding contributions" do not have independently copyrightable joined elements, so, unless there is a legitimate joint authorship arrangement between the collaborators, only the dominant collaborator will retain copyright in the completed whole.
This still leaves the question of the incomplete works that never reach a singularity. What's the status of all the parts? Who knows.
The one specific conclusion I draw-- which, to be honest, has always been resolute with me-- is this: ALWAYS GET A CONTRACT SETTING THE TERMS BETWEEN PARTIES BEFORE MOVING FORWARD. In both these cases and countless others, it would save untold thousands of unnecessary court expenses.
My latest article is up at This one chronicles my processes as I go through pre-production for my newest short film, KEY TRANSITIONS. Hopefully my troubles and choices will provide insight into the process for those contemplating taking a similar leap.
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