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.

Artisti Formed by Union des artistes, it is a management collective that protects performer member’s rights and royalties.

Canadian Actors' Equity Association (Equity)

CMRRA: Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights.

Creators Rights Alliance (especially for international rights)

I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians and Allied Craftspeople of the United States, Its Territories and Canada) Union for technical, artisan and craft people in live performing arts, movies and television.

Industry Canada’s information on intellectual property.

Re:Sound: Administers rights of artists and makers of sound recordings.

SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada)

SODRAC (Society for the Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada)

SOPROQ (Société de gestion collective des droits des producteurs de phonogrammes et de vidéogrammes du Québec) Administers rights for Québec owners of master audio and music video recordings.