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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on March 26, 1999 at 05:11:47:
In Reply to: Playwright posted by Amos on March 24, 1999 at 09:23:49:
: I have a play that will very likely be off-broadway. The producers wish to start a website as an advertising tool. My concern is three-fold.
: 1) Can any portion of my play be posted and how will that negatively affect its potential value in hard copy form? If so, how much of the play should I allow to be posted for promotional purposes?
: 2) How can I, as the playwright, exert any control over the websites ancillary material? Is it in my interest to do so?
: 3) Should the site derive any profit (i.e., t-shirts, mugs) how much of this, if any, am I entitled to?
The agreement with the producer will probably control. I asume there is a written agreement.
Basically if you have a producer, the producer is going to take care of all the deatails and should look out for the interest of the production. Mistatkes will always happen but in this case what you propose about the content of the web site might be an interference with the producer that could bree big trouble.
Income from the web site ought to be covered in the agreement with the producer. If it is not spelled out there may be a problem. You may be able to work out what you want by negotiation. Whatever get it in writing.
M. Arthur Auslander
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