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petercleverly
05-18-2004, 04:02 AM
WGA registration helps to protect the screenplay itself but not its title.
A great title is a valuable item. Can anything be done to protect it?

Hamboogul
05-18-2004, 04:34 AM
No.

xtz
05-18-2004, 08:19 AM
Copyright doesn't cover titles.

There's an agreement amongst film producers in which they can reserve titles - I've forgotten the details but someone else'll probably have them. And you can apply for a trademark - again I don't know the ins and outs about when and whether your title would be accepted -- but if its generic, then it wouldn't be.

-- but don't worry about protecting your title..

Titles are easy - one to a few words and highly likely to change in the course of a film's development - don't imagine that your title is going to stick. And if someone else has used it/uses it then - no big deal - you can still use it as well, or like I say titles are easy - change it - its probably not as uniquely brilliant as you think it is.

petercleverly
05-22-2004, 03:46 PM
I knew that.:o