What if I want to write a screenplay adapting it from an already published book, short story or novella?

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What if I want to write a screenplay adapting it from an already published book, short story or novella?

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If the already published material is in the public domain it is permissible to use the material for a screenplay. If the already published materials are not in the public domain, then it would first be necessary to purchase the rights from the author and/or publisher before a screenplay could be written and marketed. The Script Archeologist requires documented proof of its domain status before entering into any agreements to provide services on these materials. We are not a Script Clearance company and do not provide script clearance services. The Script Archeologist may recommend a company that provides this service in the future, though we currently do not.