Created By: kensu on January 27, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on January 30, 2013

Plagiarism Lawsuit Bait

An idea so obvious that it's never used, for fear of the deluge of lawsuits filed against the writer.

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Back in the days when TV shows accepted unsolicited scripts, a situation came about where a certain idea was submitted so many times that the show writers couldn't use it, for fear of being hit with a plagiarism lawsuit. J. Michael Straczynski discusses this in his book on Scriptwriting, using the case of an episode of M*A*S*H where Hawkeye would be forced to operate on Trapper John to save his life.

This trope still tends to rear its ugly-head when an idea is so common among fandom that the writers won't use it out of a sense of professional pride. (For example, having Wipeout or Leech use their powers on Rogue so she could have sex with Gambit.)
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  • January 29, 2013
    Anyone have any more fictional examples?
  • January 30, 2013
    Avoiding this is the reason why more tolerant creators do not have a Fanwork Ban, will refuse to look at any fanwork until after they are done with the story and request that fans not send them their stories and ideas.