Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to the Writers Guild of South Africa Script Registry.
To get you started, the following are frequently asked questions regarding script registration:
What is script registration?
Script registration offers writers peace of mind when submitting material, but should not be confused with copyright, the laws around which are not universal. Registration proves your script was written on a certain date should a program that closely resembles your work be produced by a third party and you wish to take legal action (it is important to note that ideas alone cannot be registered). Because the rules around evidence vary, registering your script in the jurisdiction(s) where you intend to submit it is the best way to ensure your material will be recognized as valid evidence should a dispute arise. The following are links to IAWG member script registration services. (IAWG)
Is the script registry for members only?
No, script registration is open to both members and non-members. Members qualify for a discount. To take advantage of the discounted fees, make sure you are a member in good standing by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain membership information.
Does the WGSA Registry only register screenplays or scripts?
No, you may register outlines, concepts, synopses, treatments, unproduced screenplays or scripts.
Why do I have to register my unproduced work?
It’s a record of ownership. Never pitch, or send out your script to a third party before you have protected it by registering it with the WGSA Script Registry.
How soon will I receive my document of registration?
Between 24 and 48 hours via email as a PDF attachment.
How long is my script registered for?
Your script registration is valid for 3 years and includes four free updates!
What happens to my script when it expires?
It will be destroyed automatically after 3 years.
What happens if I pay for an update? Will that extend my registration by a year?
No, the update fee covers the administration of your script registration.
What if I don’t want my script to expire?
You will need to start a new registration, pay the registration fee, if you wish to keep your script registered.
What happens if I’ve registered my script and I’m involved in a legal issue, and I need proof that the work belongs to me?
You may request a copy of your work by writing to email@example.com. Your written request must be accompanied by the registration number of the project as well as a certified copy of your identity document or passport.
Where can I register the book I wrote?
Although we will allow you to register manuscripts of novels and or poetry, we recommend that you rather consider registering your work with CIPC