Many people think that once they conceive an idea, they automatically obtain rights under intellectual property law that protect the idea. This is not how the law works. To be eligible for protection under intellectual property law, the idea must be expressed in a tangible way. If all you have is an idea for a movie then in the eyes of the law you have an unprotectable idea. This means that if you tell someone about your movie idea without making a tangible record of it and they write their own script based entirely on your idea, there is nothing you can do about it from an intellectual property law standpoint.