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BRENT SALTER is a Visiting Research Fellow at Macquarie University Law School. He has published extensively on the intersection between the law and the arts and will be undertaking doctoral studies in the history of theatrical authorship. He has also been appointed the Legal Reserach Officer to the High Court of Australia for 2010-2011. 

Platform Papers 22
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Platform Papers 22

Copyright, Collaboration and the Future of Dramatic Authorship

Brent Salter
Recent, public disputes here and overseas involving eminent playwrights and their directors and dramaturgs have fuelled a chorus of commentary about the 'ownership' of a stage work. Are collaborators who contribute words or ideas to the development entitled to copyright protection and royalties from subsequent productions?  

Salter examines the complexities of reform and the limitations of the single-author ruling, citing the case of Company B Belvoir versus the Samuel Beckett Estate, which demonstrated how the freedom to interpret is prescribed even after the author's death.

Under the current copyright regime, he concludes, industry-based customary agreements are a more productive way to sustain harmonious collaborative relationships.

Currency House  | 978-0-98056-324-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB