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Old July 30th, 2006, 01:53 PM   #1
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Copyrighting a Canadian production

Hello everyone,

Has anyone here ever put a patent on their production once completed? I am speaking specifically in Canada.

If so, what are the steps in doing it, and who do I contact?

Thanks!
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Old July 30th, 2006, 03:18 PM   #2
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Hello everyone,

Has anyone here ever put a patent on their production once completed? I am speaking specifically in Canada.

If so, what are the steps in doing it, and who do I contact?

Thanks!
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Old July 30th, 2006, 05:40 PM   #3
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Scripts can be registered with the WGA (writer's guild of america) or the WGC (writer's guild of canada).

(For Canadian writers:) IIRC, there was some advantage to registering with the WGA... I think it's because they enforce copyright better/aggressively and have more clout. They will back you up even if you aren't a member of the guild.

(loosely paraphrasing) Works are automatically copyrighted once you put it in a fixed form... however, you can register your script as proof that you wrote it at a certain date. That way, someone else can't claim you wrote your script afterwards.
Mailing it to yourself is not a good idea since people can steam open envelopes (i.e. it's not solid proof).

2- Patents are something else.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 01:05 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help guys...really appreciate it
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