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- October 7, 2008 at 2:38 AM #37380AnonymousInactive
This is directed towards any of you that deal with schools, specifically the taping of plays. Have you ever had a school tell you that their plays can not be taped due to copyright issues? There is a private school in my area that claims that their plays can not be taped for this reason and it is the first time I have come across it. I understand about copyright in regards to using music in your video but if they feel they have permission to act it out publicly, is taping it crossing some line that the acting isn’t? And I didn’t get the impression that this was an acting release issue. It had to do with the people that owned the rights to the play. The Wizard of Oz and Macbethare a fewin the line up. Thanks for any of your input.Cole
That’s absolutely the truth.
I don’t like that restriction either, but that’s the law.
Another offshoot of that is – you can have the rights to perform music, but not
record or video the musical production – that costs lots more.
It’s a real pain.
I don’t think the school is being honest. Or perhaps they don’t understand. Also probable they don’t want to get into debates with parents over who’s kids can be video taped.
Long story short, under FAIR USE clauses in copyright law, parents should be free to tape/record these performances for personal use.
Nobody should be taping these performances for commercial use/profit/politics/distribution, or any other use (a kids play is hardly NEWS worthy so editorial use wouldn’t apply).
Thanks for the replies guys. I guess I was a bit naive about copyright in this form much the way I was about music usage for video at first. Since posting I found some sites that spelled it out pertaining to plays.So when I go to a play or a dance recital (nutcracker etc) is it more common to find that the director of the play and the videographer went through the proper channels, or do they assume it is ok and just do the show and tape it?
“Nobody should be taping these performances for commercial use/profit/politics/distribution, or any other use (a kids play is hardly NEWS worthy so editorial use wouldn’t apply). “
Do you feel this includes a parent or studio hiring someone to shoot the performance for parents to purchase?
I was hired last year to video tape a dance recital. The dance school paid license fees to ASCAP and BMI to use the pop music. Fortunately, the licenses allowed reproducing the performance.
But the reason the school wanted me to film and sell DVDs of the performance was that they did not want a dozen or more parents getting into the asiles or standing up to film their kids performance which is distracting to other parents.
Regarding schools plays, schools can pay up to $10,000 to perform a well known play and I’m sure it comes with restrictions prohibiting or restricting filming the performance.
The entertainment industry believes that if they allow exceptions to their copyrights, then it will be used to diminish their rights somewhere down the road.
Fair use is still a vague concept. Read up on the recent articles in Video Maker on the topic.
The play itself is copy written. Even if it’s McBeth. The company that makes and prints the script they use to perform the play is a copy written item and the company can restrict it. So yes, they are telling the truth.
Usually the company has a license to perform the play and probably has restrictions to it being videotaped. You can ask to see a script and copy down the address to the company then contact them for a license to shoot the play, The school could also ask. In some cases they will allow a school to tape the play if the school is using the video as a fund raiser or in some way to promote the school.
So yes, get permission.