Careers in Culture – Careers in Live Performing Arts
> Copyright: protecting yours and honouring others
If you create a musical, opera or play, then you must learn to protect your copyright. If you perform any work created by others, then you must seek copyright clearance. If your company wants to stage a production of, for example, West Side Story, it must secure “grand” rights: rights to the script, song lyrics and the musical score. If a production is filmed, then it is copyright protected as “mechanical” rights. If your music is recorded, then it can be protected through neighbouring rights agreements. As a creator or live performing arts worker, it is important that you understand copyright issues.
For help learning how to protect or respect copyright, check out these websites:
ACTRA-PRS (ACTRA’s Performers Rights Society) Administers neighbouring rights and private copying rights for sound recordings.
Re:Sound: Administers rights of artists and makers of sound recordings.