What does registering my copyright accomplish?
Registering the copyright in your work with the U.S. Copyright Office is the one and only way you can avail yourself of the various rights and remedies provided by U.S. Copyright Law and defend your work against infringement.
How do I register my copyright?
The government’s website (www.copyright.gov) provides comprehensive information and instructions for copyright registration. Your registration is effective as of the day that the Copyright Office receives your completed application, application fee, ...
When should I register my copyright?
Generally, there are three points in the life of a work at which copyright registration and revised registration makes the most sense: (a) When you have finished a work and are prepared to start submitting it to theaters, festivals, agents, ...
What is work for hire? Should I work for hire or sell or assign my copyright?
“Work for hire” can exist only under two conditions. First, it can exist in an employer-employee relationship where the work is part of the author’s employment. Indicia that you are an employee includes use of the employer’s work space and equipment, ...
Can I mail a copy of my script to myself or register it with the Guild?
Despite what you may have heard, the practice of establishing a “poor man’s copyright” (where you mail the manuscript to yourself or register it with an organization like the Writer’s Guild) is of little legal significance. That is why the Dramatists ...
The WGA Script Registry is No Substitute for Copyright Registration
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