We welcome creators, producers, distributors and broadcasters to register their formats onto the specially developed FRAPA format registration system

Both FRAPA members as well as non-members can register. For members it is also possible to update a registered format and to upload video material.

  1. I am a FRAPA member and want to register my format.
  2. I am NOT a FRAPA member and want to register my format.
FRS 2018 Fee Registration Fee Updates

(per change)

Features Term  of Registration Fee renewal

After three years

Members 75 Free of charge Upload video limitless 3 year 50
Non members 150 Update not possible Not possible to upload video 3 year 150

All rates are in euro and excluding international banking costs (these are to be added to the total amount).

How does it work?

You can register your creative work by uploading treatments, scripts, story lines, etc online. For FRAPA members it is also possible to upload video, audio etc. 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 a certificate which confirms details such as the date of registration, title of the format and the format owner.

Ideally, you should register your creative work at the earliest possible stage of the writing process. At each level of format development, you should register your work. The most effective way to protect your format is to document and register every step of its development. That is possible via the FRS.

What is the value of your registration?

FRAPA’s format registry 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 registered formats. The FRS registration can be used in court and the value is in the date of the registration. A registration as such does not confirm ownership or creative originality.
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.

Terms and Conditions of the FRS

Here you can find the Terms and Conditions of the FRAPA Format Registration System. When you register a format you agree with the Terms and Conditions.


While there is no absolute protection of the intellectual property of television formats there are a number of things the format creator can do at inception, during development, when pitching, after the first production is made and when “selling” the format around the world.

In the absence of clear legal guidelines in some jurisdictions and with some courts failing to uphold claims of copyright infringement as applied to television formats even in instances where such infringement would seem to be flagrant and blatant some creators despair of copyright protection. But over the last fifteen years courts have been educated and so FRAPA continues to fight for greater recognition and protection.

A claim to the ownership of a format must first be made using the law of copyright. The cornerstone of copyright law is that there can be no copyright in an idea or concept. The copyright is in the expression of that idea and the most obvious expression is by writing down a detailed description of a format. And FRAPA strongly recommends that TV format proposals are registered with the FRAPA Digital Online Format Registry.

FRAPA always recommends the registration of format proposals. It provides credible evidence that this specific work existed the moment you created it. The best evidence that you created a format concept is a signed declaration by a neutral third-party custodian, who swears that they received your manuscript on a certain date and has kept it in seclusion ever since. This is what registration with the FRAPA Paper Format Registry (available only to FRAPA members) or the FRAPA Digital Online Registry accomplishes.

A FRS registration is only one step in the process of proving ownership. In case of a possible court  case the date connected to your uploaded work within the FRS system is important. But please note that the FRS does not compare the registered format with other registered formats or other already existing formats. There is not such thing as a worldwide libraby of registred formats.

Is it  therefore possible that company X registers an already existing format from company Y? This is possible but of course does not mean that company X, by registering the format,  is now automatically the owner of the format.  It needs to be proved that company Y already created the format. E.g. by showing that they developed the format prior to the registration of company X. Who was first is an important element. Therefore it is important for every formatcreator to register in an early stage and to describe every step in the process. For more details we refer to: 20 steps of protecting your format.

In case of a possible legal dispute FRAPA can be asked to mediate and/or to provide a FRAPA Analysis Report. We compare  formats and analyse differences and resemblances.

Yes. No data, names or addresses are passed on to any party for commercial use.

What sort of formats can be registered?

FRAPA strongly advises the registration of all of your creative work — treatments, scripts, outlines, development documents, tender submissions, storylines, artwork and synopses, but also videomaterial— as soon as possible after conception. Creative work can be registered in (almost) every format. When registering, it is advisable to include as much detail as possible. Inevitably the development process means that the format that gets produced has varied somewhat from your first written description. When you are a member you can update your registered format. Otherwise: make the changes in your written document and resubmit it as the final format again paying massive attention to all the details.