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  • question:
    i videograph a theater play at no charge, as a volunteer, and the tapes are handed over to the artistic director at the end of the show. they keep them for training/ archive purpose.
    no dublications/ no commercial use.

    are there any copyrights violatet?

    thanks for your input

  • This is not my area of expertise, but I don't see why there would be any violation.

    I think there are two copyrights involved: the script and the actual performance. In the case of the performance, you are making a video at the copyright holder's request and then giving it to the copyright holder, so I don't see how this can be a violation. If the script is protected, then the company should have negotiated the right to perform the script. If the license explicitly forbids videotaping, then you might have a problem. Otherwise, I would say that no violation has occured.
  • You also have to be very, very careful that the medium (tapes) are marked FOR ARCHIVAL USE ONLY and not to be copied or sold. To distribute further or commercially would mean that they would need releases from all actors involved.

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