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HSX Copyright Protection

Intellectual Property Registration

In most countries, a document, work, or creative project such as a motion picture screenplay is automatically copywritten upon its creation and by placing the author's name, date and the word 'copyright' or the legally accepted symbol © you are declaring the copyright.

But this does not protect you in case of litigation or a credit arbitration. And neither does posting yourself a copy of your work through registered or recorded delivery. In reality, the only way to prove ownership of a work is through independent documentary evidence of date and time of registration.

Copyright Through The US Library of Congress

Although copyright protection exists at the moment of creation, only The US Copyright Office can issue a formal copyright, and registration with the Copyright Office is required before a lawsuit can be brought. Because of this we advise all our clients to file their work with the US Copyright office but this process can take up to six months to complete so our service exists not only to give you the added peace of mind that your work has been digitally timestamped upon submission but to offer you Submission Tracking Tools, independently recording what projects were sent where and on what date.

Waiting six months while your US Copyright Application is being processed is not practical so registering your work with us allows you to market your material, safe in the knowledge that HSX has recorded the submission of your work. You should also always save all correspondence with anyone you send your work to, whether through Hollywood Script Express or a third party. Even rejection letters can be important evidence in an infringement case.

If you have further questions about our copyright services and cannot find the answer in our FAQ then please get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

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