How to Protect Your Screenplays

Protecting your screenplay is accomplished in several different ways. First, you can protect your screenplay by securing copyright registration with the U.S. Copyright Office. Another traditional, well used method of protecting your screenplay is to simply register it with either the Writer’s Guild of America West or Writer’s Guild of America East. Both registered copyrights and WGAw or WGAe registration provide legal proof of when you authored your screenplay. While there are other, less popular methods of registration, most screenwriters choose to protect their screenplay by registering an official copyright or with the WGAw or WGAe or both.

Visual Mindscape: Never Do a Free Option Agreement

I could make this the shortest column ever run in Scriptmag.com by simply saying; never, never enter into a free Option Agreement. There is never a valid or compelling reason to do so. I don’t care if it is your first screenplay or not, don’t do it. Have I made myself...

Legally Speaking, It Depends: Genres

Genres are big. Or little. Niche or mainstream. Depending on who you talk to you’ll likely get varying opinions about just what is genre and how important, or not, it is in the industry. But whatever the definition, it is important for a writer to know about them, how to use...

Legally Speaking, It Depends: Ideas are Free to Steal?

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! “Since ideas aren’t necessarily protectable, other people’s ideas are fair game, right?” For the most part, nope. Sorry. Granted, there are some ideas that aren’t created by anyone. They already exist– have to exist to be true to the genre. (This...