Can you protect an "Idea"?
The specific expression of an idea is protected under copyright law, but not the general subject or vague idea. Perhaps the more important factor is exposure. Two people can create identical projects, and both race to the mountain top, but its the person who gets it to the buyer first who matters. Just because you have a copyright or creators vault archival for your project, doesn't mean that other people are prevented from creating the same identical concept on their own.
In the fast talking, loose lipped world of Hollywood, what measures can you take to protect your written creations? Are material release forms really a risk for writers submitting works? Or is the production company the one who is already at risk?
Post your comments, questions, and experiences. I'll be happy to share with you my thoughts.