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ColbyAddison
03-24-2013, 12:28 AM
Forgive me if this question seems obvious, but how comic book writers protect themselves? When sending the artist the script, does the writer copyright said material first? Does simply emailing it "prove" that you had the first with the send/write date?

Paying the actual copyright fee can add up to a lot of money after awhile. Not saying everyone is out to steal ideas/scripts, but I would think it does happen from time to time. So what do writers do to protect their material without lawyer or copyright costs?

Thanks.

Evan Henry
03-24-2013, 05:02 AM
Read this (http://www.copyrightalliance.org/files/writers.pdf). I've explained it too many times to go into detail again.

Long story short: there is no such thing as a copyright fee. The work enters copyright as soon as it is created. You can pay to register the copyright, but you have legal protection whether or not you choose to do so.

neuralclone
03-24-2013, 06:46 AM
Supermonkey's link was great.

When I was starting out in screenwriting in around 2000, someone once suggested a Poor Man's Copyright. It's basically sealing a copy in an envelope and sending it to yourself Certified Mail and leaving it sealed. Not sure how well that really holds up legally, but it is cheaper than registering with library of congress.

Evan Henry
03-24-2013, 09:58 AM
When I was starting out in screenwriting in around 2000, someone once suggested a Poor Man's Copyright. It's basically sealing a copy in an envelope and sending it to yourself Certified Mail and leaving it sealed. Not sure how well that really holds up legally,

It so, so totally doesn't (http://www.snopes.com/legal/postmark.asp). Unless you live in the UK.

While he doesn't have an article on this, I highly recommend Ivan Hoffman's site for stuff like this (http://www.ivanhoffman.com/). He has a bunch of articles on the finer points of copyright law that every creative professional would do well to read.

ColbyAddison
03-24-2013, 01:42 PM
Thank you.