Deposit of Format

SIAE gives everyone, registered or not, the possibility to deposit original formats to protect the priority of their idea.

What is a format?

In order to be protected, the format must present the following identifying elements: title, basic narrative structure, scenic design and fixed characters. In order to register a format, it is not necessary to be a SIAE member. The registration of a format does not give rise to the registration, because the deposit is a project for a future work and not yet realised.

Deposit for members registered to DOR Section (Radio and TV Drama and Works)

The registered members who want to deposit their own format to the Society, must fill the declaration form 91).

The declaration must be done by everyone who participated in the creation of the work. A sample of the work, in form of script signed on all pages, will have to be deposited together with the declaration form.

In short: what do I need to deposit an original format to SIAE?

To deposit an original format you need:

  • Declaration form 91) filled and signed by all authors.

  • Sample of the signed original script.

The registration of just one of the format co-authors is enough to deposit according to this procedure.

Deposit for non-members

The non-members who want to deposit their format at the Society must fill the declaration form 91-bis).

A sample of the declared work, in form of script signed on all pages, must be sent together with the declaration form.

For each format, the amount of € 25.00 + VAT (total of € 30.50) will have to be paid, at the same of the deposit and administrative fees, by a POS payment or by bank transfer on the account no. 84294008 headed to Società Italiana degli Autori ed Editori – Viale della Letteratura n. 30 - 00144 Roma, with dedication: “procedural rights for format deposit.... (format title)”.

The deposit is valid for three years and could be renewed if requested by the depositor, paying the same amount, for the same duration. The depositor will receive the “acknowledgement of receipt” back.

In case of a new format writing, a new deposit is necessary. Instead, in case of title variation, the depositor must inform the offices with a written communication.

In short: what do I need to deposit an original format to SIAE without being registered?

To deposit an original format you need:

  • Filled declaration form (91-bis).

  • Sample of a signed original script.

  • Receipt of payment.