Samuel French to Welcome Speakers from Dramatist's Guild, SDCS and More for #RightsWeek, 7/14-17
Samuel French, the 184-year-old publishing and licensing company, has announced a collaboration with HowlRound, an online community for theatre artists, this summer on a four-day event (July 14-17) that will focus on intellectual property and the rights of artists in the theatre.
Industry professionals from organizations such as the Dramatist's Guild, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, New Play Exchange and more will serve on the four panels. Topics will cover creating new work in the remix era, pros and cons of licensing new work, distributing unpublished work in new media, and how to maintain the fight against piracy in the digital age.
"Copyright and intellectual property rights in the theatre can be very confusing, but are very important as they hold the key to how money makes its way to the artist, and how that artist's original work is protected," says Samuel French Executive Director Bruce Lazarus. "We've found time and time again that education is the best way to combat piracy and also to make sure the vision of writers and composers is preserved and that they are fairly compensated."
Essays will be published on HowlRound (www.howlround.com) each day of the event, and panels will be live-tweeted and live-streamed (www.livestream.com/newplay). Follow @MrSamuelFrench, @HowlRound, #newplay and #RightsWeek on Twitter for continuing updates.
Panelists and schedule for #RightsWeek are as follows:
Owning Your Work
Monday, July 14 at 6:30pm
New Dramatists (424 West 44th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues)
Moderator: Howard Sherman (Arts Advocate and Writer)
Sharing Your Work
Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30pm
Lark Play Development Center (311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor, Barebones Studio)
Moderator: Morgan Jenness (Dramaturg)
Publishing Your Work
Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30pm
Moderator: Amy Rose Marsh (Samuel French)
Piracy in the Digital Age
Thursday, July 17 at 6:30pm
Samuel French (235 Park Avenue South, Fifth Floor)
Moderator: Isaac Butler (Theatre Writer/Director)