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I recently wrote a screenplay with 2 other writers. One of them created the characters and wrote 60 pages before getting writers block. I wrote one version of the final 30 pages and so did another writer. These were blended together (the majority of what was kept was from the other writer) by the original writer. I then re-wrote nearly all of the dialogue from the first 30 pages as well as much of the action lines. I also made re-writes to the rest of the script. The majority of these changes were kept.

Since all of this there have been some more changes and conservatively I will say I wrote in the area of 1/4 of the finalized script. When the "main" writer submitted the script for copyright he included his own name and the other writer but left mine off.

Should I be on the copyright?

Should my name be listed as one of the writers on the title page since I did no write at least 1/3 of the script?

If my name is on neither does that mean I am unable to claim any writing credit when asked what I've written?


I apologize for taking so long to respond to your question.  I've been working on a film and traveling, which has kept me away from my computer and the print is too small to read on my iPhone.  Anyway, here's my response:

I'm not a lawyer and do not specialize in copyright, so it is difficult for me to answer your question.  I can say that according to Writers Guild of America rules,  if one person rewrites over 50% of the screenplay, that  nullifies any other screenwriter who worked on the screenplay from getting any credit.  

You might want to call WGA.  I think they have a contract division that will help you out.

I hope this has been of help to you.

Best Regards,

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