The Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA), a Netherlands-based television format industry group, has launched a tool on its online registration system aimed at protecting the legal environment of the global formats industry.
The module will allow FRAPA members to update and modify elements of a previously registered format, view all the changes that have been made during a period of time, and give them the opportunity to upload a limitless amount of supporting video material.
According to a release from FRAPA, this move is made in response to a call from IP experts and lawyers for the association to provide more trust among the global formats community, where theft and plagiarism is still prevalanet.
The online version of FRAPA’s Format Registration System (FRS) gives format creators a certificate confirming the date on which they registered their IP.
Launched in 2014, the FRS is the only not-for-profit independent registration system for formats in the world.
“While registering your format with FRAPA cannot guarantee you won’t be ripped off, it does offer proof of when you personally put those words and ideas on paper,” FRAPA co-chairPhil Gurin (pictured), president of unscripted & alternative at Global Road, said in a statement.
“We have no corporate ties and take no stand on the quality or value of registrations. But we do provide an ironclad repository that tells the world, ‘Here’s the idea, and I’ve been working on it since this date’. In future mediation or litigation, that could serve as a valuable link in the chain of establishing your ownership.”