If my great-great-great grandfather participated in a Civil War battle and wrote a journal of his experiences which was passed down through the family, but sold outright by my father to a collector, and somehow wound up being made into a “major” motion picture (which would turn my average ancestor into Geroge Clooney, cost 150 million dollars, but only make $17.89 at the box office), would I have any rights to compensation?
If my family made a stink, would the production company likely offer everybody a couple hundred bucks to shut them up?
OK, what if the journal was still owned by my family, and I follishly allowed a screenwriter to read it. Could he proceed to write and sell a screenplay exactly like the journal whether I liked the notion or not?
Again, don’t fear, this is a “what if” question only, you won’t be seing my kinfolk on the big screen anytime soon, or ever.
Thanks in advance,