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I registered my screenplay with the Writer's Guild back in June. I felt compelled to copyright it with the US Patent Office. I guess what I'm asking is... Has anyone used "ProtectRite" in lieu of the WGA? Any thoughts (positive or negative) on the two? I hear that ProtectRite will furnish an attorney if need be. I wonder what the WGA does in the case of someone stealing an idea. I guess I registered it with the US Patent Office for a double measure of protection. $30 well spent.

I�ve never heard of registering a script with the US Patent office. I didn�t even know it could be done. If you aren�t a member of the WGA they don�t help you in the case of idea theft. All the WGA registration does is show legal proof of the date of creation. ProtectRite does the same thing - and they are cheaper and offer a longer registration term than the WGA. The ProtectRite website says they won�t represent you in the case of a dispute - they only establish a date of creation. Just like the WGA. It seems they both offer the exact same service.

Check out: http://www.copyright.gov/register/performing.html Another great thing about ProtectRite is that they have emergency file retrieval. In the event that your PC and back ups are destroyed. The WGA charges $20 to non-members and $10 for members, ProtectRite charges $18.95 and the US Patent Office charges $30. Keep in mind, the WGA and ProtectRite are merely there to register the date and your material. The US Patent office is the ONLY source to attain a copyright. The copyright takes up to SIX MONTHS to get, so I registered with the WGA for immediate comfort.

In addition to registering with the WGA I also copyright my scripts. When you mentioned the US Patent Office I thought you were referring to [url]http://www.uspto.gov/[/url] and not the copyright office. I�m a member of the WGA so the saving of $1.05 doesn�t apply. And I back up my final draft on several CD�s so even if I have a hard drive crash, ProtectRite�s emergency file retrieval offer isn�t much of a factor in my decision. When shopping a script to prodCo�s and producers, they are used to seeing the WGA number. It may someday be an antiquated expectation, but for now it�s something people in the business expect to see. But the script is still protected. Over a 10 year period a writer would save about $21, so ProtectRite is cheaper. But we all hope that our scripts sell before 10 years is up.

LOL Yeah you'd hope it would sell within 10 years if it has any merit. In my case, the screenplay is all action with a female central character. I've received a lot of positive reviews from people in and out of the business and I'm entered in a few screenwriting contests, so stay tuned.

When I typed "US Patent Office" I meant Library of Congress; Copyright Office. My bad.