Next-generation online registration module offers flexible updates and video protection
FRAPA, the Format Recognition and Protection Association, has announced the launch of the next evolution of its online registration system. The new module is part of FRAPA’s growing suite of tools aimed at creating a safer, more secure legal environment for the multi-billion-dollar global formats industry.
The new module allows FRAPA members to update and modify elements in a previously registered format, obtain an overview of all the changes that have been made over a given period of time and upload a limitless amount of supporting video material.The move comes in response to a call from IP experts and lawyers for FRAPA to provide “an island of trust” for a global formats community still besieged by theft and plagiarism.
The online version of FRAPA’s Format Registration System (FRS) provides format creators with a certificate confirming the date on which they registered their IP. The FRS, which was originally launched in 2014, remains the only not-for-profit independent registration system for formats in the world.
FRAPA co-chair Phil Gurin, president, unscripted and alternative, at IM Global Television, said: “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 is not a commercial venture. 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.”
For more information about the FRS, including the terms and conditions, and additional costs, please contact FRAPA:
T: +31 (0)35 695 40 07 (Monday to Friday, 10.00 to 16.30 CET)
FRAPA – the Format Recognition and Protection Association — is an international body dedicated to the protection of formats. Established in 2000 by a group of key industry professionals, FRAPA now represents numerous companies from within the television and broadcast industry. Its members include format creators, producers, distributors and broadcasters.
As an independent, non-profit association, FRAPA’s key services include registering format proposals; providing consultation in disputes arising out of claims of format plagiarism; creating guidelines for fair competition; and educating the industry and the law regarding the protection of formats.
For more information, please contact:
Bianca Rootsaert at FRAPA
T: +31 (0)651368653