Copyright Do's and Don'ts


The Plays:
  1. If you are doing a play without royalties, you do not need to have any paper work. Non-royalty plays include Shakespeare, student written plays; old translated versions of non-English scripts such as Greek plays, French plays, etc. Be careful with translations because some are covered and royalties paid.
  2. If you are doing a play as written with no changes you must be in possession of proof of royalty payment.
  3. If you are cutting a longer play you must be in possession of proof of permission to cut the play and a copy of the approved script.
  4. If you have made changes in gender, number of actors, lines, etc. you must be in possession of proof of permission to make these changes.
  5. If you have deleted words or lines or actions that are considered inappropriate for high school students you must be in possession of proof of permission to make these changes and a copy of the altered script.
  6. In some instances you may get permission to delete lines to create a play that fits a time limit and the publishing house or playwright will give you blanket permission. In this case you need to be in possession of a letter, which states you have permission to cut for time.

Music used in plays: BMI has told us that High Schools do not need to secure royalties to use music.

Projections, Movies or Pictures: If you are using a picture or movie, you must obtain the rights to do so.  Items found on the internet are almost always subject to copyright.

Upon request, proof of permission and royalty payment must be produced at the festival.

The principal of the performing school will be required to sign a registration document acknowledging that all appropriate permissions have been obtained and royalties paid.

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