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Securing the rights to my script


I found your page just shifting through the net, so first Hello.
I am writing a gay movie and want to make sure that before I send it in to any companies I have the rights fully protected under my name. Can you help me with the easiest and most secure way of assuring this?

intro Securing the rights to my scriptHello back at you. Clearly, this is a day when our producers should be writing this column. This is the second producer question in a row.

Here’s how producer, Jennifer Cotton, answers: He should mail himself a copy of the script, dated. That is, the script itself should be dated, also the envelope from the post office should have one of those date stamps on it.

This will protect your rights as you send your script out for reviewing. It seems to act as a temporary trademark. Of course, you should also get a lawyer and trademark it legally.

So there you go- an easy fix like you asked and a necessary long term one. Let us know when your film makes it to screen.

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