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re: "Whose Production is it anyway?": violating Copyright in Theatre
Posted by: whereismikeyfl 09:03 pm EDT 06/17/19
In reply to: re: "Whose Production is it anyway?": violating Copyright in Theatre - ryhog 10:13 am EDT 06/17/19

It is just odd to me that you are so sure the question is settled when lawyers and the profession in general thinks that director's copyright is something still to be established. You claim that director's copyright has been recognized, yet cannot cite any publication that confirms this other than a minor comment in a well-known case that is usually cited as an example of why we need director's copyright to be recognized.

Adding language to a contract with the playwright--that is a solution proposed back in the 1970s and one that has been consistently rejected by playwrights.

Of course most copyright cases are settled---that is part of the reason no precedent has been established. Most IP issues are settled by negotiation rather than ruling. And given the lack of money in theater, any damages would be negligible so who would pursue it? This is the very reason why there has been no clear establishment of director's copyright.

The other is that others in theater continue to fight against the recognition of director's copyright. (Go to any professional gathering of playwrights and bring up director's copyright. It is not a welcome idea.)

There has been progress. The stripping of stage direction out of acting editions was no small accomplishment. But I suspect that because the stakes are so low, the areas so gray, and playwrights are opposed that this may not be resolved for a long time.
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