Text to Script

Subject: Text to Script
From: Tina McBrearty <TMGI -at- INTERNETMCI -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 30 May 1996 14:26:54 -0500

-- [ From: Tina McBrearty * EMC.Ver #2.3 ] --

I have two questions to pose to the list. Please excuse me if my first
question sounds very basic, but I am new at this.
I just started working within the last six months at a video production
company. We do industrial videos for high tech companies, so the tech
writing I do, is taking technical information that already exists and turn
it into video script format. My question is this: companies we work for
generally ask me to take their existing material (such as brochures,
product descriptions, other videos, ect...) and compose the script from it.
In many cases I lift copy word for word from their material, and there is
never any author to whom this work is attributed. Am I infringing on
anyone's copyright by doing this? The assumption seems to be that the
companies "own" this work and they can reuse it as they see fit, but I was
wondering if this is the case.
Next question, because I write scripts I would be interested in finding
out if there were any lists that pertain to scriptwriting that anyone on
here knows about.

Thanks in advance for any help.
Tina McBrearty

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