FAQs

How do I request a Title or Copyright Report and how long will it take to receive it?
Requests for reports can be made through our Online Request Form or alternatively taken by e-mail, fax or telephone. After requesting a report, you can expect to receive it within two weeks, our standard turn-around time being seven to ten business days. We also offer Rush Services of two to three business days, or next-business-day for additional charges. Please call our office and we’ll be happy to advise you of our prices and payment offers.*NEW CLIENTS: Please note that an attorney-client relationship is not created solely through requesting a report online. An attorney-client relationship is only created after we have agreed to proceed with your request.
 

What is a Title Report?
A Title Report is a comprehensive report consisting of available information relating to the various uses of a particular title in categories such as television, motion pictures, literature, video/DVD, plays and music derived from our own library and extensive information database as well as a series of online database sources. This report also includes a search of the records of the United States Copyright Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
 

Why do I need a Title Report?
Errors & Omissions insurance carriers require Title Reports in order to obtain insurance coverage. Our Title Reports are recommended and accepted by E&O Insurance companies. A Title Report will disclose any prior uses of identical or similar titles. This information will enable you to discover possible other uses of your title that may be problematic.
 

Do I need a legal opinion?
Usually, the E&O carriers will want you to obtain an opinion. However, if your project is a low budget film and you are not in a rush, you may want to order a Title Report without an opinion first, then if necessary order the opinion later. A legal opinion will let you know whether or not it is safe for you to use your requested title.
 

What if I have a completed title report from another service but I need a legal opinion?
If you have a completed title report from another company, please contact our office. While we cannot solely rely upon research conducted by outside sources, we do recognize the cost you have already incurred and would like to discuss the discount available to you in providing you with a Title Report and opinion.
 

What is a Copyright Report?
A Copyright Report provides available information relating to the ownership of rights in specific works such as motion pictures, books, plays or musical compositions. This report includes a search of possible copyright registrations and recorded documents from the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C.
 

Why would I need a legal opinion for a Copyright Report?
If you want to know who owns the rights to a particular work or whether a work is in the public domain, you need an opinion. We also can provide you with a foreign copyright opinion.
 

How do I receive your Report once it is completed?
A copy of the report will be emailed (or faxed) to you as soon as it is completed; followed by the original to be sent by mail.
 

What if I need to record or retrieve a document in the U.S. Copyright Office?
We also provide services of retrieval and recording of documents in the U.S. Copyright Office. To request this service, please contact our office directly and we will provide you with further details as to the information required and cost.
 

Can you register a screenplay or motion picture for copyright with the Copyright Office?
Yes, let us know if you need help filling out the registration form. Currently we recommend using the Copyright Office online system as it is less expensive and quicker.
 

What is a Chain of Title?
A chain of title is a series of contracts and other documents that show ownership and changes in ownership of rights in a motion picture or other project from its inception. It differs from a copyright report opinion in that we can provide chain of title opinions relating to unrecorded documents if you furnish the documents to us.
 

What is a Character Report?
A character report traces the ownership of rights in a character from its first publication to the present. It includes a search of the United States Copyright Office records as well as the United States Patent and Trademark Office records. We can provide a legal opinion with respect to the ownership of rights in a character.

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