FRAPA is the international format industry association dedicated to the protection and promotion of formats. Its members include format creators, producers, distributors, broadcasters and organizations with a commercial interest in the format business.
Here you can find all the necessary steps in order to protect your format.
A distinctive combination of comprehensively described television elements (both new and commonplace which may or may not be protected as separate intellectual property items) fixed in any material form that creates an original, repeatable narrative structure. (Television) elements may be on-screen or off-screen and may include but are not limited to – rules, scoring, judging, staging, lighting, catchphrases & titles, designs, graphics and contestant criteria, etc.”
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Television and multi-media formats are vulnerable to plagiarism, theft and other anti-competitive business practices due to the widely held belief that they are not always protected by existing international legislation.
In many places, legal authorities consider formats to be generic program ideas, as opposed to original creative works that are, in fact, protected by international copyrights.
FRAPA exists to change that way of thinking, and promote a global understanding of the primacy of original format creation.
FRAPA LATAM REPORT 2016
The report, ‘Understanding Latin America: Current Trends in the TV Market’ produced in conjunction with K7 Media and Prensario Internacional shows an accurate, informed and unbiased picture of the current marketplace, distribution structures and creative players.