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Discussion in 'Questions and Answers' started by Phinvader Bill, Jul 11, 2010.

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  1. Phinvader Bill

    Phinvader Bill The all new Mr. Event

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    I've written several episodes to an existing TV show. They are really good. I know its a shot in the dark, but does anyone know how I would go about copyrighting them, and getting them to the creators of the show?
     
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    azfinfanmang Premium Member Luxury Box

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    I know for a Patent, you need to file with US PATENT OFFICE.
    I'm on my phone or I would google a link for you.
    The website is very informative in regards to what can and can't be patented.
    Not sure this helps at all, just what I know.
     
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  3. Ultra

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    as long as your work has a time stamp that can show you were the original creator you should be fine, I think.
    The official website has some good info and a FAQ

    http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf
     
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    NaboCane Banned

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    Email yourself a copy of each script, and (of course) keep the emails. Do it on several email accounts if you have them, to spread the risk of losing one. Then you'll have proof of their existence, intact, on a certain date.

    Remember, though, that you may copyright the scripts, but you can't copyright an idea. You may send in your scripts and the producers of the show may not use them, but may springboard off your ideas.

    It's an unavoidable risk, though.
     
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    Miamian Senior Member

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    If it's the same as with movies, you may have to first register with the Screenwriters Guild.
     
  7. Agua

    Agua Reality: Try It!

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    Screenwriters Guild has nothing to do with copyright, though it may (or may not, I dunno), have something to do with your ability to market the work as a practical matter.
     

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