writers’ strike for dummies
johnaugust.com » Why writers get residuals
My friend Jeff often jokes (half-jokes, I think) that he wishes he got residuals on spreadsheets he made in 2003. He’s articulating a familiar frustration: Why should screenwriters get paid extra money years after they finish their work? After all, plumbers don’t get residuals. Neither do teachers, secretaries or auto workers.
So I want to explain why writers in film and television get residuals, and why they’re at the heart of the ongoing WGA strike.
best explanation i’ve see. longer one, then shorter one
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