Q: I wrote a screenplay as a collaborative effort with three other people, and the four of us have a signed agreement regarding our collaboration. I registered the work with WGA (listing all four of us on the registration) and one of the other people took care of copyrighting the work. Well, he took the work and copyrighted it as him being the sole author. He did not put my name or either of the other two people’s names on it. It was not his idea, he is not the producer, and he did not write the screenplay. He is simply one of four that has developed the story. Now what do we do?
A: See, this is the problem with people. You try to work together, everything appears to be going along swimmingly and then one of them runs off and does something like this. Faithful readers, this is why your Law Law Land bloggers never interact with anyone, let alone each other. We find people as pleasant as the razor blade scene in A Prophet. That’s why we sit in our respective offices with the doors closed, shades drawn, pouring over legal documents, writing blogs, pounding 5-Hour Energies, and trying desperately hard to post humorous comments beneath the photos at http://www.awkwardfamilyphotos.com/.