Copyrighting your own work

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    • #39257

      I’m writing a proposal for a show I’m trying to produce. What type of copyright do I need for this sort of thing?? Also when I get funding and start having in depth meetings with my crew should I have them sign do not compete papers or something. I understand that people do have their own ideas and it could be similar to mine, but I just don’t want to see my show on air being produced by someone else ESPECIALLY someone out of the crew I hired. In the town I live in there is NO show on like the one I’m producing. I know as soon as my show is on I give it 6 months before there are copycats on air. Is there some sort of disclaimer I should put at the beginning of the proposal or maybe just not share all the show ideas with my staff.
      Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • #170044

      You can go to and download the forms needed to register your content. You can find the answer to most of your copyright questions there as well.


    • #170045

      From what I understand, video is unique, because of the nature. Your work is technically copyrighted once it’s produced as a video/show. HOWEVER, before that, it’s worth paying the $45 (or whatever it is now) to copyright your actual script itself at the US copyright office. Once there’s a show on your script, it’s undoubtedly yours. But before that, it could potentially be stolen.

      Hanks suggestion to get viewrs to sign off some sort of non-disclosure agreement that they’ve seen it and won’t steal it is a good one. It might not stop someone from passing the idea on to a third party, but if the actual people you show ever tried to run with it, you’d be covered.

      If yu don’t want to spend the money on a copyright, you can always try the "poor man’s copyright", and send the script to yourself in a sealed, certified mail envelope. This would probably be good enough for some situations, but BE ADVISED: Anyone with enough money to hire a half-wited lawyer can get this attempt at protection thrown out. It’s not as safe as a real copyright, so keep yourself covered, and do it right.

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