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Part 1: Play Licensing

Copyright and Licensing

MTI Shows is a publishing company that owns the rights to many popular plays. Visit their website at http://www.mtishows.com and answer the following questions: 1. What are the seven steps you need to follow if youd like permission to perform one of the shows? Choose a Show, Apply for a Performance License, Pay the necessary licensing fees, Obtain materials, Rehearse, Attract an Audience, Have a Great Production. 2. What information is required on the license application form? To obtain a performance license, you must first submit an application to MTI. Applications can be filled out online or through printed forms. Application for rights can also be in the form of a letter, provided you include the following information: Name and Address of Producing Organization Phone and Fax numbers Name of Show Dates of Desired Performance(s) Number of Performances Name of Theatre/Auditorium Seating Capacity of Theatre/Auditorium Ticket Prices (be specific, include all discounts)

Part 2: Copyright Myths


Go to the website http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html and answer the following questions: 1. Write a 2-3 sentence summary of each of the myths about copyrighting. 2. today almost all major nations follow the Berne copyright convention. For example, in the USA, almost everything created privately and originally after April 1, 1989 is copyrighted and protected whether it has a notice or not. 3. These days, almost all things are copyrighted the moment they are written, and no copyright notice is required. 4. Copyright is still violated whether you charged money or not, only damages are affected by that. 5. Postings to the net are not granted to the public domain, and don't grant you any permission to do further copying except perhaps the sort of copying the poster might have expected in the ordinary flow of the net.

Visit the website http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/. This is the actual text of the Creative Commons license. 1. In your own words, what are people allowed to do and not allowed to do under the creative commons license? The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional all rights reserved setting that copyright law creates.

Copyright and Licensing

Part 4: In Your Own Words


In your own words: 1. How has the copyright law benefited society and the economy? What would you change about the copyright law, given the rapid growth of the internet? All Creative Commons licenses have many important features in common. Every license helps creators we call them licensors if they use our tools retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work at least non-commercially. Every Creative Commons license also ensures licensors get the credit for their work they deserve. I wouldnt change anything about the copyright law.