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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000185.txt from 2000/09

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Copyright vs improvisation
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 20:52:08 -0400

<><> Bill=A0Hausmann wrote:
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

The one time that I was a spear carrier in an opera (nonprofit
community organization that hired some professional performers and
depended heavily on donations in order to do so), the artistic director
wanted to make a single video tape "just for the record."
What prevented this was the stage hand union (whatever its name
was). Their contract allowed non-union performers under certain
conditions (such as myself being a non-union spear carrier); but to make
a 'motion picture' recording of anything built or moved onto the stage
by a union stage hand required the payment of big $$$$. It had nothing
to do with the publisher. 'Still' photos were OK on dress rehearsal
night (only) so long as the photos were mementos given to unpaid
volunteers such as myself, not for advertising purposes. Even at that,
however, we were told that some negotiations were required with the
stage hand union for cast photos because the photographer wanted $1.75
per 8x10 to cover his out-of-pocket expense.
I can imagine how such things could drive a business manager up the
wall under some circumstances.

But all of this is irrelevant to the question that musicians care
about: copyright vs. 'playing it my way.'


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