For most people stealing is something you don’t do, knowing it is wrong.
But then you come to the more vague kind of stealing, like using someone’s idea without pay of give credit. Could it be just as wrong? Yes.
But what if the idea is in the wrong hands? What if the writer will never have what it takes to make a great script out of it? Still, it is stealing, and yes, I never, ever even consider it.
Why? It’s not like the writer will suffer, since he/she will never get it right anyway.
Perhaps, but lets not focus on who I'm stealing from, but turn the searchlight on the writer stealing.
What is a writer? A writer is a rumour.
The script just sold is sold, so potential buyers can’t claim that particular script, but has hopes for the next by the same writer. Nothing is known of the next script – the next unique, single product – but all is a hope, based on the writer’s previous result.
Just the fact that I write and sold one script does not by any means include a life-time opportunity to sell scripts for the rest of my life. The one script sold, may be the only script sold. If the next script I write is a wreck, my potential buyers will look elsewhere.
Do you think this is a heavy burden?
Why then should I make it a great deal heavier by adding a bad reputation of stealing other people’s ideas?