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a common question that people ask is do you have to file your submitted work under your real name can you use a stage name or a pen name the answer to this is yes just make sure that you check the appropriate box labeled synonymous at space 2 of your registration form also make sure that you have documented evidence to prove that you are in fact the individual that goes with your chosen stage name or pen name otherwise filing under that name would be worthless and stupid
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- Abdul Macauley, Staff Member
in this video I'm going to explain some of the basics about working under pen names stay tuned Maurice asks do you know if there are any rules for using a pen name when writing a screenplay when you're hired to write a screenplay for a producer do you sign the contract with your real name and signature or your pen name and pen name signature and Danny says he wants to publish a story under a pseudonym but wonders how to do the copyright paperwork in a way that his real name remains concealed even in the case of litigation well most of the time writing and being credited under a pen name is simply handled by specifying the way credit should be given usually the contracts are made out in the writers legal name sometimes we do include reference to the pen name in the opening paragraph of the contract by specifying both legal name and that professionally known as pka for example if I was writing under a different name the contract might say this agreement is made and by in between gigantic productions and Gordon fire Marc pka William writes a lot then in the section of the contract that deals with the credits we'd be specific about how credit should read for example credit shall be accorded to you under the name of William writes a lot now the rules about choosing pen names are pretty straightforward you can't choose a pen name that would cause confusion with another writer that would be unfair and could lead to claims that you violated the other writers provide a publicity if it's his or her real name also if you're a member of the Writers Guild that Union has specific rules about using pseudonyms basically the writer has to establish and register to pseudonym with the Union before starting work on a writing assignment or selling rights in a script when you register a copyright you do have the option to check a box indicating that the work is pseudonymous if you write under a pseudonym and don't want to have your identity revealed in the copyright offices records just give your pseudonym and identify it as such by checking the box and leave the space for the name of the author blank if an author's name is given on the form it will become part of the offices public records and can't later be removed when you register you still do have to provide an address so people can contact you as the copyright owner but you can use an agent or Attorney's address or a PEO box for that kind of thing to help conceal your identity but even if you register pseudonymous Li if a film gets made based on your screenplay and you get paid for the script your legal name will be on the contract so it will come out in the discovery process if there's ever a lawsuit where that information becomes relevant do you like what you see here if so please subscribe using the button below and if you have a question you'd like answered on this series please go over to fire marcom slash questions and fill out the form
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- Abdul Macauley
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I've studied language education at Carroll College in Helena and I am an expert in entrepreneurship. I usually feel enraged. My previous job was radio & tv newscaster I held this position for 19 years, I love talking about beach volleyball and ice sailing. Huge fan of Jamal Murray I practice bowls and collect numismatics.
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