I understand the desire to

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I understand the desire to perform the newer plays, but it seems to me that schools could avoid much of this headache by performing plays that are in the public domain. as one poster said above Shakespeare’s work, in its original form, has no copyright. i’m not quite sure of the date of the law, but sometime around the turn of the 20th century is when modern copyright laws took effect and are still in force. before that copyright was much shorter. 15 years period, some of Mark Twain’s work fell out of copyright during his lifetime.

there’s still a little fuzzy area with public domain. while the original works are out of copyright, the reproductions aren’t. for example: you could perform something by mozart and sell it all you want, but you couldn’t record an orchestra playing something by mozart and try and sell that. the orchestra owns the copyright on their performance of the song.

then there is creative commons license. http://creativecommons.org/ that depending on how the license is worded allows you to reproduce the work with only certain limitations (some say no profit, others say no alteration of the work, some just want the credit for the work).

you don’t have to go through all the headache of navigating copyright laws and still be on the good side of the law if you do your reseach.

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