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Old 04-22-2009, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Do You Have to Register w/WGA if You've Copyrighted Your Script?

I copyrighted my script - sent it to DC with the check and everything. Do I still have to WGA it, if so, why?

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Old 04-22-2009, 04:10 PM   #2
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No.

Copyright surpasses WGA registration.
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:19 AM   #3
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:50 AM   #4
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How about if you change the title? Should you re-copyright it? I know titles aren't copyrightable but does the association with that script make a difference?
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:09 AM   #5
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How about if you change the title? Should you re-copyright it? I know titles aren't copyrightable but does the association with that script make a difference?
I always put AKA with the original title in the contract and use the WGA and/or the copyright #'s of the original title. I hope that would cover it.
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:49 AM   #6
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You can make some changes to the script without having to obtain another copyright. So I see no reason that changing the title would make any difference.
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:01 AM   #7
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I copyrighted online with the Library of Congress, and got a Case #....I also registered with WGA. I have a quick question if y'all don't mind. On a short I registered with WGA I got a certificate in the mail, and on my feature I didn't. I have a Registration # and everything, but no actual certificate. Does it really matter? I'm just wondering if I did something wrong??

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Old 04-23-2009, 11:43 AM   #8
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How about if you change the title? Should you re-copyright it? I know titles aren't copyrightable but does the association with that script make a difference?
Once you have registered your copyright for your screenplay, any changes that you make to it would be "derivative" copyrights and should state what changes were made to the original work. If it was only the title and some minor changes, it's probably not worth bothering with the extra paperwork and fee, as the bulk of your screenplay remains the same.

If the screenplay has been sent out to production companies, under the original title, then you've rewritten the screenplay with a new title, it might be a good idea to indicate the former title and its being a "revised" work.
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Old 04-23-2009, 05:38 PM   #9
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I copyrighted online with the Library of Congress, and got a Case #....I also registered with WGA. I have a quick question if y'all don't mind. On a short I registered with WGA I got a certificate in the mail, and on my feature I didn't. I have a Registration # and everything, but no actual certificate. Does it really matter? I'm just wondering if I did something wrong??

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You should have gotten a certificate in the mail, IMO. Call them up and they will send a *duplicate.* I lost a certificate once and they sent out a duplicate immediately. It might not matter, but I think you should have it.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:51 AM   #10
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Thanks jodeb! I appreciate your input. I'm going to call them today. them today.

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