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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000175.txt from 2000/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Copyright vs improvisation
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 18:36:57 -0400

At 04:41 AM 9/5/2000 -0700, William Wright wrote:
> <><> Bill=A0Hausmann wrote:
>major cuts and other alterations are routinely made in spite of
>publishers' warnings to the contrary.
> Thank you, Bill. This is a significant piece of information (for
>me, who has never seen a rented score or the rental contract that comes
>with it) because it tells me that copyright holders expect that they
>*are* entitled to sue if I perform alterations that are sufficiently
> Obviously it would be counterproductive to sue community groups who
>don't have the resources to perform the show exactly as written -- most
>groups can't maintain Broadway standards, and there would be few
>customers left -- but evidently the copyright holder believes they have
>the right to sue if the alterations are malicious or sufficiently
>damaging to the show's reputation.
I'm sure that is PRECISELY the reason they make those statements -- to
protect the shows reputation. But it is extremely clear from looking at
rented scores and the erasures in them that cuts are made all the time. I
doubt that really bad cases come up too often, but legally they are ready
for them.

Ironically, they COULD ask performing groups for a video of the show so
they could monitor the quality of the performances, but that would, of
course, ENCOURAGE videotaping shows, something they are ADAMANTLY AGAINST!

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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