Movie & TV Script Copyright Registration For Writers
Intellectual Property RegistrationIn most countries, a document, work, or creative project such as a motion picture screenplay is automatically copywritten upon its creation and by placing the author's name, date and the word 'copyright' or the legally accepted symbol © you are declaring the copyright.
But this does not protect you in case of litigation or a credit arbitration. And neither does posting yourself a copy of your work through registered or recorded delivery. In reality, the only way to prove ownership of a work is through independent documentary evidence of date and time of registration.
Copyright Through The US Library of CongressAlthough copyright protection exists at the moment of creation, only The US Copyright Office can issue a formal copyright, and registration with the Copyright Office is required before a lawsuit can be brought. Because of this we advise all writers to file their work with the US Copyright office but be advised, this process can take up to six months to complete.
Copyright Protection with Hollywood Script ExpressBecause waiting up to six months to send out your script is not practical, for added peace of mind, we also recommend using our Copyright Registration Service which creates a digital timestamp of your work upon submission, and in the event of litigation or arbitration we will provide independent documentary evidence of your registered work on your behalf. And if you make your script submissions through HSX each one will be logged on your account which can also help in establishing proof of submission in the case of copyright infringement.
Better Safe Than Sorry...You should also always save all correspondence with anyone you send your work to, whether through Hollywood Script Express or a third party. Even rejection letters can be important evidence in an infringement case.
Hover over the screenshots to learn how Movie Outline can help your writing...
- Industry Standard Script Formatting
- Auto-Complete & Auto-Pagination
- Auto-Convert & Auto-Capitalization
Unlike regular word processing software, Movie Outline 3 lays out your text to industry standard script format by using 'Tab & Enter' keyboard shortcuts. It also guesses character names, auto-completes scene headings and transitions and auto-paginates as you type.
- Fully-Integrated Step-Outlining
- Highlight, Merge & Rearrange Steps
- Story, Script & Notes For Each Step
Movie Outline's intuitive design helps you build and navigate your story outline, script and notes step by step through an AV remote-style console. You can highlight steps in different colors, merge multiple steps into a single step and easily rearrange your story narrative.
- Index Cards For Steps & Scenes
- Drag & Drop Reorganization
- Color-Coded To Match Story Structure
Organizing your storyline is simple with Movie Outline's 'Drag & Drop' index cards which display your outline, script and notes for each step and scene. The cards can be color-coded to match your current structure template and repositioned in your outline with your mouse.
- Create Your Own Structure Templates
- Expand & Collapse Step Content
- Reference 12 Hollywood Movies
PowerView lets you easily customize your story structure into color-coded acts, sequences or chapters and includes sample templates like the "3 Act Structure" and the "Hero's Journey" which many Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. You can also create your own templates.
- Analyze Highs & Lows Of Your Story
- Set FeelFactor Levels For Each Step
- View 12 Hollywood Movie Graphs
Analyze your story pacing via a colored graph and compare it with breakdowns of popular movies in your reference library. The graph displays "FeelFactors" which are story elements that evoke a response in your audience such as shock, mystery, tension and romance.
- Create In-Depth Character Profiles
- Build Character Arcs Step By Step
- Track Characters & View Speech Count
Movie Outline's Character Profile Wizard helps you create three-dimensional characters by answering a series of probing questions to build their personality. You can also define relationships with other characters and develop individual story arcs scene by scene.