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re: "Whose Production is it anyway?": violating Copyright in Theatre
Last Edit: whereismikeyfl 09:27 pm EDT 06/16/19
Posted by: whereismikeyfl 09:25 pm EDT 06/16/19
In reply to: re: "Whose Production is it anyway?": violating Copyright in Theatre - ryhog 07:57 pm EDT 06/16/19

What you say would be logical except for one thing.

No court has ever recognized a director as having copyright over any aspect of a production (unless he is also a designer or choreographer).

So it does not matter what could be proved or how. There is no legal recognition of a director's intellectual property.

This has been fought for for years, and there have been many test cases. There have even been a couple settlements. But we are still in the same position that we were in thirty years ago. There is no legal recognition of a director's IP rights.

There have been many article written about this. The link is to one of the most recent, but if you want to there are many great ones online as well if you google. This linked article is very clear about the different standings that playwrights, designers, and directors have in regard to IP.
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