Quick question on the script

Discussion in 'X-Men 1, 2 & 3' started by Snikt, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. Snikt Registered

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    Does anyone know if the writers of the script have to get it copyrighted before they submit.
     
  2. BMM Registered

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    I don't know. It doesn't hurt to have it officially copyrighted.
     
  3. Snikt Registered

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    Thanks BMM. If anyone else can help to answer it would be greatly appreciated.
     
  4. X-Maniac High Evolutionary

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    I don't really understand the question! I'm sure the Wolverine script has been copyrighted. Why wouldn't it be? And why would it matter? Most writers would want to protect their work.

    Tell us more about what you want to know and why.
     
  5. Snikt Registered

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    The question is this: Do you think they copyrighted the script before they submitted it to FOX or after?

    For instance, the writers on X2, did they get their script copyrighted before they submitted it or afterwards?
     
  6. flavio_lebeau Registered

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    I think the script is promptly copyrighted after finished. All the X-Men scripts are requested by FOX, so I think the writers can only copyright them with FOX's permission, since the studio owns the rights to the characters used on the script.
     
  7. X-Maniac High Evolutionary

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    I see. Ask the WGA about the standard procedure. But I think flavio has a point about any script using characters owned by someone else.
     
  8. BMM Registered

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    Technically, in the United States (I don't know about elsewhere), you don't necessarily need to have anything "copyrighted." Although, it doesn't hurt, especially regarding something like a script, in which ideas can be easily "borrowed" by others.


    http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#wccc

    As flavio noted, things probably are a bit more complicated regarding a property owned by a studio.
     
  9. Snikt Registered

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    Thank you guys very much. I grealy appreciate all of this.
     
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    there is always confusion over this type of affair

    marvel owns the rights to the printed versions of the characters but tnot the movie adaptions (with the exception of iron man so far)

    this is where problems may arise in the future for crossover characters ect

    the biggest one of which i can see is avengers ect

    the best example i can think of of a writer/director not copywriting a character is james cameron and terminator

    and look how they ruined that afterwards
     

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