What does IP sharing look like?
When creators agree to share IP, that means they retain partial creative license over their work. We know stories come from real people, people who should be part of the conversation and hold meaningful ownership of what they create.
As a pro-creator platform, we want to develop stories in a partnership and treat creators with the respect they deserve. Tapas can make plans for how to publish and market the story, but we want to involve the creators in all the decisions that are made.
It’s important for us to stay in close communication to make sure creators feel safe and empowered in the process. Especially for young creators or those who are otherwise new to the field, we want to help you learn about and fully understand your IP rights and opportunities.
Tapas also doesn’t hold onto IP rights indefinitely. We include a reversion of rights clause in our contracts: if anything happens to Tapas, or if we're not able to make a deal for a creator within an agreed amount of time, then all rights go back to the creator.
What if someone else asks about my story?
Sometimes we may get inquiries about a certain IP from our partners even though we didn’t co-produce the title or own the IP. (For example, if an entertainment company wants to try adapting a community series on Tapas.)
In that case, we reach out to the original creator and make sure we have their explicit, written permission that we can hold discussions with interested businesses about the IP, representing the creator as an agent.
Again, if we don’t own the IP or have the rights to represent it, we never start business discussions about the IP without permission. Your creative work is valuable and your own—and we wholeheartedly appreciate your trust when you allow us to work with you.