CREATE EVIDENCE OF YOUR WORK ON THE F.R.S. (FORMAT REGISTRATION SYSTEM)
Established in 2000, the Paper Format Registry of FRAPA contains currently more than 1000 formats and format proposals. However, since June 2014, the ONLINE FRS has been developed, we no longer accept physical paper formats. Don’t worry, if you have registered prior to June 2014, they are being safeguarded in our archives.
We welcome creators, producers, distributors and broadcasters to register their tv-formats onto the specially developed FRS online.
You can register your creative work by uploading treatments, scripts, story lines, etc online. We recommend that you include as much detail in the descriptions as possible. Once the tv-format has been uploaded (and paid for), the registration will be approved. You will receive an automated certificate via email, which confirms details such as the date of registration, title of the format and the format owner. A registration as such does not confirm ownership or creative originality.
Ideally, you should register your creative work at the earliest possible stage of the writing process. If you improve or change your format, you should register it once again. At each level of format development, you should register your work to strengthen the proof that you have created a unique and individual format. Remember: the most effective way to protect your format is to document and register every step of its development.
FRAPA’s format registry (FRS) offers you tools to prove that your registered work existed the moment you created it. Please note that Format Registration is an important but only one step in proving the ownership of your work. FRS does not compare registered formats or compares the FRS registered formats with already existing formats. At the moment there is not a worldwide library of registrated formats. The FRS registration can be used in court and the value is in the date of the registration.
In case of a possible infringement you need to prove that the formats show critical resemblance. FRAPA can provide a Format Analysis Report in which it analyzes the differences and resemblances of the two formats.
Both FRAPA members as well as non-members can register formats with the Online FRAPA Format Registration System (FRS) :
Non-members pay € 75,=. Members pay only € 20,= per registration. All rates are excluding international banking costs (these are to be added to the total amount).