Heretic: Copyright law and dramatic works

Rimmer, Matthew (2002) Heretic: Copyright law and dramatic works. QUT Law Review, 2(1), pp. 131-149.

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The production of the play Heretic in 1996 prompted a debate over copyright and the dramatic arts in Australia. The playwright David Williamson argued that the role of the writer was supreme. Although he was willing to acknowledge the contributions of other collaborators, the playwright did not believe that these interpreters deserved copyright protection. The director Wayne Harrison advocated a more collaborative vision of the performing arts. He believed that the role of the director and the position of the producer deserved greater legal recognition. Furthermore he was also willing to countenance limited rights for performers. This article argues that recognition should be accorded to all of the main collaborators in the performing arts. It contends that economic rights and moral rights should not be just limited to the writer, the director, and the producer, but they should extend to the performers and the designers.

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ID Code: 85377
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: authorship, collaboration, Copyright law, directors, dramatic works, dramaturges, Moral Rights, Performer's Rights, Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Group
ISSN: 2201-7275
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Matthew Rimmer
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2015 02:02
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2015 07:52

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