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JOE'S CHECKLIST FOR FILMMAKERS
SCREENPLAY COLLABORATION AGREEMENT

Joe says: "If you're writing with a partner, you have to get all the uncomfortable business stuff out on the table before it's too late. When is it too late? When there's even a hint of success."

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LLC

Joe says: "Raising money for your film is an art form in itself, but it's an art form that can cause lots of trouble if you don't have an entity properly set up to legally accept funding."

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TAX ID NUMBER (EIN)

Joe says: "Every film is a business. It needs an Employee Identification Number to function."

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TRADEMARK

Joe says: "Are you starting a production company? Register your name and logo as trademarks."

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COPYRIGHT

Joe says: "Registering your script with the WGA doesn't provide any of the crucial benefits of U.S. copyright registration. If someone copies your creative work, a lawyer is your best friend – but only if the copyrights were properly registered before the rip-off. With U.S. copyright registration, you can sue infringers for statutory damages and attorney fees. Without it, you're on your own. And it's lonely out there."

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