Tuesday, November 28, 2006

More on Copyright and Theater

In the continuing saga between who gets copyright protection for contributions to a show (Choreography as an example) There seems to be a dispute over a Chicago production of Urinetown. The problem is keeping between staying true to the original and not "ripping off" every detail. Chicago Tribute Story

So what does that mean for regional, community and school productions? It means that depending on how the courts rule it may become more expensive to produce shows with additional royalties for the direction, costume design or other creative. It may also become more difficult to produce a production without additional liability. And then there is the audience expectations - does that really fit into this picture as well?

Taken to an extreme, should every set of creative for a show be copyrighted? What would that mean to community and non profit theater?

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