Comments on: When A Censored Play Was Already In Violation of Copyright http://www.artsintegrity.org/when-a-censored-play-was-already-in-violation-of-copyright/ in partnership with the New School Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:59:45 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 By: denise http://www.artsintegrity.org/when-a-censored-play-was-already-in-violation-of-copyright/#comment-116 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:50:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=820#comment-116 Oh, stop…I have been involved in theatre both professionally in my career and in retirement supporting community theatre. I have witnessed inappropriate material altered even though copyrighted, performed by a high school right here in Tampa. Deviations from the script both in language and content destroyed not only the show but created an uncomfortable and humiliating experience for the 100 or so sets of parents that brought young children out to see the Cat in the Hat. Changing a script, failing to secure rights or even violating copyright laws does not appear to be TAUGHT to drama teachers in the public school system.
It is unfortunate that this does not appear to be an isolated problem.

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By: Arts Integrity http://www.artsintegrity.org/when-a-censored-play-was-already-in-violation-of-copyright/#comment-111 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:10:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=820#comment-111 The copyright act has been extended several times. The current terms are The duration of copyright in these works is generally computed the same way as for works created on or after January 1, 1978: life plus 70 years or 95 or 120 years, depending on the nature of authorship. In the case of a film, the copyright is typically held by the studio or producer, not the screenwriter.

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By: Rickie Newell http://www.artsintegrity.org/when-a-censored-play-was-already-in-violation-of-copyright/#comment-110 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:10:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=820#comment-110 When I left one high school to open a theatre in a new high school, the teacher who replaced me told me she wanted her first production to be “Breakfast Club.” I tried to explain that “silly copyright stuff” to her, but I’m pretty sure she at least tried to find the script anyway. That was 2006.

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By: Jim Longo http://www.artsintegrity.org/when-a-censored-play-was-already-in-violation-of-copyright/#comment-109 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:42:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=820#comment-109 “That parents apparently signed a permission slip approving their child’s participation in a school show and then rescinded that permission mid-performance suggests that either the form didn’t indicate why permission was being sought or that the parents weren’t paying sufficient attention to that information. ”

Or both.

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By: Rooby_Roo http://www.artsintegrity.org/when-a-censored-play-was-already-in-violation-of-copyright/#comment-108 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:55:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=820#comment-108 John Hughes, the screenwriter of “The Breakfast Club” is dead. The screenplay was written in 1985 — 32 years ago. The Copyright Act of 1909 provided for an initial term of 28 years. I’m not sure if Mr. Hughes’ beneficiaries renewed the copyright, or if Universal Pictures maintains the copyright. Is it possible that this property is actually in the public domain?

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