I'm finishing a short film. - A copyright question.

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  1. Ross Williams

    Ross Williams Supporting Actor

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    I'm in the final stages of finishing up my first short film. I plan on showing it at film festivals, among other places. Does anybody know what exactly needs to be said for the copyright to be legal?
    I was thinking I'd put:
    Copyright 2002 - All rights reserved.
    With our production logo at the very end of the film. Should that be enough?
     
  2. Andrew W

    Andrew W Supporting Actor

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    No, this is not a properly formatted copyright notice.
    It needs to say:

    Copyright (C) 2002 Ross Williams

    or if you production company is legally incorporated, you can put its name.
     
  3. Ross Williams

    Ross Williams Supporting Actor

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    Cool. Thanks.

    I noticed you're from Austin, that's coincidental. The first festival we are trying for is South by Southwest.
     
  4. Peter Apruzzese

    Peter Apruzzese Producer

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    Go here: Library of Congress and click on "How to Register a Work". This is the best way to ensure that you do it properly.
     
  5. Bill Slack

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    Copyright 2002 by Bill Slack. All rights resevered.
    or
    © 2002 by Bill Slack. All rights reserved.
    are the correct (and before 1989, legally binding [in the US, at least]) formatting. But according to the Berne convention, you don't need to do any of that, at all, and it will still be copywritten. At least, to all the countries that subscribe to it. And I really wouldn't worry about the ones that don't, because they're just not going to care anyway! [​IMG]
    You also get more rights as a registered copyright holder, though it takes time/money to do it. IIRC, it's not terribly difficult to do though. It's nothing like a patent application(!)
    The whole © is never defined anywhere, at all, but is an accepted abbreviation. It's not 'official' though.
     
  6. Bob Movies

    Bob Movies Stunt Coordinator

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    I can't really help with the copyright issue, but I'm interested in your film. How long is it? What format did you shoot on? Do you have a website?

    I'm a filmmaker myself, and a short that I made last year screened in the United States, Canada, UK, and the Czech Republic.

    Good luck on SxSW!

    Bob
     
  7. Ross Williams

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    Thanks for your help everybody.

     
  8. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Good luck. Keep us posted.
     
  9. Ryan Wright

    Ryan Wright Screenwriter

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    I'd love to see the film. If you put it on the Internet some time for download, let me (us?) know.
     
  10. Ross Williams

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    After it makes the festival rounds, I should be putting it up on IFilm.com. I'll of course let everybody here know, as I'll want maximum exposure. [​IMG] Thanks for your interest.
     

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