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How doe a screen writer protect his idea when he pitches it

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How doe a screen writer protect his idea when he pitches it to investors?
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It's actually automatically protected by copyright law.

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As soon as your document is fix in writing - if you save it on your computer or the piece of paper on your typewriter - it gains copyright protection.

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You should affix a © to the document along with the year to provide notice of the copyright and accidental infringement.

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For additional protection against accidental infringement and questions of authenticity you can register it with the US Copyright Office.

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You can find them here: http://www.copyright.gov/eco/

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You would use Form TX for a literary work.

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After registration, you would affix a ® to your document.

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You can also use confidentiality agreements, so the other parties agree to not even share the document with anyone or tell others about it.

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That would gain additional contract protection for your work.

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