So I am struck with brilliance and I sit down to compose my masterpiece to paper (or sometimes to my computer). I know it isn't complete and there will still be many changes but I want to protect my work without having to constantly copyright it, since that can be costly. So, I put the newly written piece into an envelope and I mail it to myself so if I ever to dispute it being stolen I have a dated piece of material dated by a Federal institution: the post office!
Well that is no longer the case. According to the film production law blog a 'poor man's copyright" is a poor solution for copyright protection.'
Check out the article here:
Film Production Law Blog