Have any of you guys registered your screenplays with the WGA? I’m ready to apply for some grants to produce a short film and wonder if I should take this step. Can any seasoned vets here clue me in on this?
What is a 'PMC'?Registering your script with the WGA is Screenwriting 101. In fact a lot of writers register their scripts with both the WGA and the Library of Congress. Some writers even register every draft of their script as they complete it.
While we're on the subject, never go the "poor man's copyright" route. PMCs don't hold up in court because, while it dates the package, it doesn't prove you're the original author of what's in it. WGA and/or LoC, all the way.
Is the updated version of that emailing the script to yourself?Poor Man's Copyright is when you put your script in an envelope and seal it, perhaps even in the presence of a Notary Public who then marks it, and you send it to yourself with a legible postmark on it. Once it arrives, you hold it unopened as evidence that it existed prior to the plagiarist's earliest copy. However, as Lon says, it is not evidence of authorship, just possession. It may be able to call into question the plagiarist's authorship, however.