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.
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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.
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A specific type of intellectual property that allows for and guides the replication of the original idea in subsequent iterations across media, platforms and territories.
- In television (or any audio and/or video medium), a clear and repeatable set of elements that, when combined, enable the production of a programme. Elements may include, but are not limited to, narrative structure, character descriptions, set and lighting plans, graphic and audio designs, music and sound effects, rules, production procedures and anything else that permits subsequent users to reproduce the original concept.
- The original idea may or may not be commercially produced, as it is the initial intellectual creation and accompanying elements and instructions that immediately establishes its origin and ownership. © FRAPA 2020
Format (verb) (as in, “to format a show”)
To turn an existing piece of intellectual property (ie, fiction, non-fiction, song, movie, etc) into a unique and original guide with repeatable elements to be recreated and distributed.
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