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re: "Whose Production is it anyway?": violating Copyright in Theatre
Posted by: vegas 09:39 pm EDT 06/16/19
In reply to: re: "Whose Production is it anyway?": violating Copyright in Theatre - whereismikeyfl 09:25 pm EDT 06/16/19

It's simply not true that "there is no legal recognition" of a director's intellectual property. As the article points out, many of these disputes have led to settlements. Defendants don't need to settle unless the plaintiff has a legally viable claim. And settling saves everyone a lot of money in attorney's fees, court costs, and wasted time and energy.

As others have said, copyright protects only original expression, not ideas. The line between idea and expression can be very fuzzy. But if someone did a verbatim recreation of a director's highly creative blocking of an entire play, and the director had an AV recording predating the infringement, that would almost certainly lead to a judgment for the director.

And going back to the article -- Copyright cannot protect the idea of Tom Wingfield as a homeless person. That is very much on the "idea" side of the continuum. It's creative, but the law does not consider it to be expression.
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