Taylor Swift Cannot Always Save Your Show

August 4th, 2015 § 1 comment § permalink

It is, without question, the feel-good theatre and pop culture copyright story of the day. “Taylor Swift comes to rescue of Sydney's Belvoir Street Theatre over use of hit song Shake It Off.” “'Permission granted': Taylor Swift's 11th-hour rescue for Sydney theatre show.” “Taylor Swift says yes to Belvoir Street SOS, theatre set to Shake It Off.” And so on. The fast story is this: Belvoir Street Theatre, a well-known and respected Australian theatre company is producing a play, Continue reading...

David Adjmi’s ‘3C’ Freed From Legal Purgatory

March 31st, 2015 § 3 comments § permalink

After nearly three years during which playwright David Adjmi was prevented from authorizing any productions of, or the publication of, his play 3C, a dark parody of Three’s Company, he has emerged as the victor in his legal battle with DLT Entertainment, which sought to silence the play, charging copyright infringement. Adjmi's assertion of fair use was confirmed in the judgment. Quoting from the ruling by Judge Loretta A. Preska, Chief United States District Court Judge in the Southern Continue reading...

Paying A Legitimate Toll To Ease On Down The Road

December 3rd, 2014 § 11 comments § permalink

Not to dash anyone’s dreams, but I think it’s fair to say that the majority of the hundreds of thousands of students who participate in high school theatre annually will not go on to professional careers in the arts. The same holds true for the student musicians in orchestras, bands and ensembles. They all benefit from the experience in many ways: from the teamwork, the discipline and the appreciation of the challenge and hard work that goes into such endeavors, to name but a few attributes. But Continue reading...