Schools and other armature groups, I’ve got some great news for you! So many of you want to film your stage production of The Love of Three Oranges or Polar Twilight just to have an archival copy for your cast and crew. You would never do anything illegal like sell copies of it or anything, you just want the students in the production to be able to enjoy the performance after the fact. It seems like such an innocent request and yet it’s been near impossible to do without putting your school at risk for copyright violation and cheating the playwright out of earnings.
Why isn’t there just a simple way to get permission to make some archival copies and make sure the playwright gets what he or she is due?
Now there is! Playscripts has just added a brand new and much-needed feature: Archival Video Licensing
For one flat fee per play, you’ll be able to not only make a recording of the production but also copies for your cast and crew and you can rest easy knowing you’ve protected your school from legal trouble down the road AND made sure the playwright’s been compensated. As a playwright, I’m incredibly excited about this addition and I’m amazed it took this long for it to become widely available.
It makes things easier for groups performing the play. It makes things easier for me. It’s pretty much a win all around.
So, from this point forward, you no longer need to negotiate directly with me if you want to make an archival video copy of your production of one of the shows Playscripts owns, you just need to purchase the license, sign the agreement, and you’re all set! And if you’ve already performed your production and would love to be able to distribute copies to your cast and crew now that the option is available, you can purchase the license after the fact by clicking on the button as if you were going to buy a production and the option to get the license is right there. Easy!
(For shows I still own the rights to, you’ll still have to contact me for permissions. Sorry!)
Of course, one thing that hasn’t changed is that I’d still love to see your production photos or archival videos so don’t stop sending them over. I can’t get enough of them!