Saturday, April 01, 2006

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property and Copyright issues are in the news on a fairly regular basis these days. Online piracy of Music and Movies and the lawsuits brought against those who use the systems that facilitate those transactions.

There are a number of issues that affect the theater as well falling under this category. There are groups that don’t realize that a reading of a play requires royalties be paid to the author just like a full staging of the show, for example. I’ve posted about other issues previously (see below). Playwriting and Tulips is a great blog essay on the future of intellectual property in the digital age.

Previously on Intellectual Property:

There is an interesting post on Grease, Copyright and Theater: a post written prompted by a lawsuit, brought by one of the creators of "Grease" against a major cruise line.

You may remember a post I wrote a while ago prompted by yet another intellectual property lawsuit. To recap, a director was fired without pay before the show went up, and he alleged that there was a copyright infringement because of his directing contribution to the show. Another Perspective on the Tam Lin lawsuit, in the IPKat Blog as well as the WSJ's Law Blog.

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