March 9 Friday

Copyright and Collaboration in the Theater

  • Friday, March 9, 2018 at 9:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Room 129, Yale Law School
  • Open To The Public
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Description

This conference held on March 9 and 10 will explore connections and disconnections between copyright law in the theater and the actual practice of theater-making. Key questions include: What controversies between playwrights and other collaborators (designers, directors, actors, etc.) have emerged in the industry? What organizational frameworks or professional norms attempt to mitigate copyright law's failures? How do members of the theater community assert their legal authority? How has the history of copyright in the theater shaped its present form? What should the future of copyright and theater be?
We will combine the perspectives of legal scholars, theater historians and critics, and theater practitioners. We aim not simply to share research and assumptions about theater and copyright, but also to develop a sustainable dialogue about how theater artists can work better with copyright and how copyright can better serve the theater.

This is a joint endeavor by Yale Law School, Yale School of Drama, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and held in conjunction with the Beinecke exhibition The Art of Collaboration (January 19 – April 15, 2018). The event has received generous support from the Payson R. Wolff Lectureship Fund, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Yale School of Drama.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Yale Law School, Yale School of Drama, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library