Registering Your Script & Copyright Protection


U.S. Copyright Office


Copyright Basics

What Is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States
(title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including
literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This
protection is available to both published and unpublished works.

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Literary Works

A literary work is a work that explains, describes, or narrates a particular subject, theme, or idea through the use of narrative, descriptive, or explanatory text, rather than dialog or dramatic action. Generally, literary works are intended to be read; they are not intended to be performed before an audience.

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International Information

Original works of expression that are eligible for copyright protection are protected under national copyright laws. Protection against unauthorized use in a particular country depends on the national laws of that country; in other words, copyright protection depends on the national laws where protection is sought. International copyright conventions and treaties have been developed to establish obligations for treaty member countries to adhere to, and implement in their national laws, thus providing more certainty and understanding about the levels of copyright protection in particular countries.

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How to Copyright a Book: A Step-By-Step Guide

— Courtesy of C.S. Lakin




Writer’s Guild of America (East and West)


Writers Guild of America, East

250 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10013
Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST
Telephone 212-767-7800; Fax 212-582-1909



Writers Guild of America, West

7000 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. PST
Telephone (323) 951-4000, (800) 548-4532; Fax (323) 782-4800