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Alex

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Copyright for Shorts
« on: August 30, 2013, 01:41:24 PM »
Hey All,

I have never bothered registering my Shorts for Copyright though have heard you can
amalgamate several of them into one PDF and register them online.

I have registered other works before though never combined a bundle of shorts and was wondering
if you guys have done this before and if so how you went about it ? Do you register all the titles or simply
one of them, knowing they are all in the same PDF submitted?

Why am I doing this you may ask ????  I have recently had an option expire for a short that was intended
to be produced for Competitions and Festivals. Did a rewrite on it and wanted to get it out there again and thought I would protect it just in case, and while I was at it, doing several others combined.

Your advice on how to copyright multiple shorts would be appreciated as I have emailed them and it takes 5 days for a response. Grrrrr.

Regards Alex   
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Re: Copyright for Shorts
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2013, 12:40:26 AM »
You can register a collection with WGA or US Copyright. That is the cheapest way to do it. Otherwise it's $20 each time through WGA and $35 through US Copyright. I had someone tell me just recently that WGA would not stand up to US Copyright....so from now on I'm going to more expensive route.

Litigation is not cheap...it's something you want to steer clear of. People steal material all the time. Be careful. There are wolves out there. 10:16.

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Re: Copyright for Shorts
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2013, 11:17:02 PM »
Here is the emailed response I got back from the copyright office and I thought I would post it here in case anyone was interested.

You can register your collection of screenplays online. Give your collection one overall collection title and enter it as "title of work being registered." Then you can enter each individual title as "contents titles."

Sincerely,


pm
U.S. Copyright Office
   Attn: Public Information Office-LM401
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC  20559-6000


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Re: Copyright for Shorts
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2013, 11:04:03 AM »
Yeah copyright is much better than WGA
I always copyright my work and I put them as a collection

 It stands up better in court

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Re: Copyright for Shorts
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2013, 07:44:07 AM »
i know i'm a little slack but i virtually don't bother anymore. mind you it hasn't stopped me putting WGA registered on a few that weren't  :o

first off, their shorts :P. features i would :D

if you have a published script on a site you have a record and if successful what are you going for? damages on a short?

the older and uglier i get, the less i care 8)

its just nice to write ;D ;D ;D