Category: copyright (page 3 of 3)

Is a Play Of Plays Making Fair Use Of Other Playwrights’ Words?

There’s nothing quite like getting a cease and desist letter. It may be commonplace if you’re an attorney and you’re receiving a cease and desist claim on behalf of clients, but for artists and arts administrators, at least, there’s a particular chill that accompanies opening a letter (or e-mail) that informs you that if you plan […]

Something Unpredictable With “American Idiot” In High School Theatre

“Welcome to a new kind of tension. All across the alienation. Where everything isn’t meant to be okay.” The details are very sketchy. The drama director hasn’t yet responded to a call or e-mail. The school principal said that he “wasn’t comfortable” talking about it without the approval of the superintendent, which he did say he […]

Black Magic Crosses Directing & Design Line in Connecticut

There’s been a great deal of discussion in the past couple of months about the rights of playwrights, the legal protections of copyright and licensing agreements, the prerogative of directors to freshly interpret a writer’s work and so on. But none of this should suggest that writers are the only theatre artists whose work is […]

When A White Actor Goes To “The Mountaintop”

People are dumbfounded. People are incredulous. People are angry. In the past few hours, a month-old story began circulating on social media about a production of Katori Hall’s widely produced The Mountaintop, specifically a story from the Akron Beacon-Journal about a production of the play at Kent State University in late September and early October. What has everyone so […]

Taylor Swift Cannot Always Save Your Show

It is, without question, the feel-good theatre and pop culture copyright story of the day. “Taylor Swift comes to rescue of Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre over use of hit song Shake It Off.” “‘Permission granted’: Taylor Swift’s 11th-hour rescue for Sydney theatre show.” “Taylor Swift says yes to Belvoir Street SOS, theatre set to Shake […]

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