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Q: When submitting spec screenplays to production companies writers are usually asked to sign a standard release form. The form often include a line stating that if a production company uses material ‘containing features and elements similar to or identical with' the submitted material then the writer cannot seek any compensation. Does signing such a form affect a writer's copyright?