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Posted by Curious (continued) on June 08, 2000 at 08:48:17:

In Reply to: Re: Theatre--Directors vs. Playwrights posted by M. Arthur Auslander on June 06, 2000 at 03:49:35:


Thank you for your answer. I knew the U.S. subscribed to the
Berne Convention, but (learning process in action) I didn't
know that a country could pick and choose parts of that
Convention. Curious that the Berne has those strictures
and the U.S. didn't accept them. I suppose there's a good
reason in there somewhere.

You suggested my research could start with Le Droit
d'Autor. My search engine didn't find that. Could
you kindly give me leads where to locate that?

Again, please know I appreciate your help!


: : How marvelous it is that you answer questions!

: : Some modern theatrical directors are "deconstructionists"--
: : which means they freely change the playwright's script,
: : perhaps changing the order of scenes or changing the
: : locales/settings described in authors' stage directions.
: : The directors argue that is their "right" as creative artists.

: : Also prevalent in theatre are "gender reversals," when
: : directors change the gender the playwright assigned. The
: : directors argue these shifts are important for social
: : reasons.

: : Finally, in certain educational institutions, directors
: : make radical cuts in full-length plays, reducing them
: : from 2 1/2 hours playing time to perhaps 20 minutes.
: : Although these are done as part of class work, they are
: : given public performances.
: :
: : Assume in these instances the playwright's work is
: : properly copyrighted.

: : Are such directors violating copyright law?
: : At what point does "artistic interpretation" stop
: : and "violation" begin?

: : Can you cite precedents to support your answer? Can you
: : direct me to authoritative sources on these points?

: : I'm deeply appreciative for all help you can offer!

: The unresearched answer is that under the Berne Convention this cannot be done. The US now subscribes to the Berne Convention but not to the extent to prevent the changes you refer to.
: If you want to research it, start with Le Droit d'Autor, or something like that.

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