Legal Eagles

Creative Screenwriting Magazine explores some of the legal issues facing screenwriters with the help of practising entertainment attorneys.

 Justin Sterling

Do Screenwriters Need To Copyright Protect Every Draft Of Their Screenplay?

Do Screenwriters Need To Copyright Protect Every Draft Of Their Screenplay?

Due to the nature of screenwriting and copyright law, most screenplays have undergone multiple drafts. One issue that often emerges for screenwriters is whether they need to register every draft of their work, no matter how minor the changes. Let’s first begin by defining what copyright law actually protects. The copyright for such a work […]

 Roger Kaplan

Why You Should Have A Screenwriter Collaboration Agreement

Why You Should Have A Screenwriter Collaboration Agreement

By Roger J. Kaplan Introduction I’m sure entire psychology Ph.D. theses could be written about why creative folks looking to work together on a television or film script forge ahead with the collaborative work, but shy away from establishing the terms of their collaboration in a formal written agreement. Excuses ranging from “but we are […]

 Justin Sterling

What’s The Best Way To Copyright Your Screenplay?

What’s The Best Way To Copyright Your Screenplay?

A large component of being a working screenwriter is knowing how to legally protect your work. Creative Screenwriting Magazine interviewed entertainment attorney Justin Sterling Esq. to tell you everything you need to know. Upon the creation of any work, that work is automatically protected by the United States Copyright laws, providing that there is some tangible […]