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Samuel French is passionate about protecting our playwrights and composers. Here you'll find information on anti-piracy rules, how artists can legally use intellectual property, and more. We encourage you to explore this page and learn about the work Samuel French is doing to educate the community on these important issues. Be sure to check back, as we’ll be continually updating these resources. Educate yourself, spread the word, and help protect our artists.

Learn More & Protect Our Playwrights

Samuel French recently published a white paper that serves as introduction to copyright law, anti-piracy laws, and more, entitled Owning Their Words: Understanding the Playwright, Protecting Their Work & How You Can Help. We encourage you to read this material and share it with others, to continue the fight for our artists. Also, be sure to check out our Owning Their Words Tumblr, where you can stay up to date with artists rights and more.

We also believe that all young artists in the theatre should be educated about anti-piracy. If you are an educator and would like copies of our white paper to be distributed at your school or conservatory, please contact us at social@samuelfrench.com.  

Rights Week:  Protecting & Sharing Your Intellectual Property

From July 14 to 17, 2014, Samuel French and HowlRound co-hosted a series of panels discussing intellectual property and artists' rights in the theatre. You can read Rights Week articles or watch videos of the panels below, and join the ongoing conversation on Twitter by following @MrSamuelFrench and #Rightsweek

Welcome to #RightsWeek: Identifying & Sharing Intellectual Property by Amy Rose Marsh

Defining Piracy (and Fighting Against It) In Today's Theater Industry by Isaac Butler

The Battle of Artistic Acknowledgement: An Ongoing Education by Amanda Friou

Protecting, Distributing, and Monetizing Your Work Online by Sean Patrick Flahaven

Going Digital: How Should We Publish & License New Play In An Online World by Mike Lew

OWNING YOUR WORK New Dramatists, July 14, 2014

How writers, composers, directors and designers protect their new work, and related issues that arise during the generative process.

Watch live streaming video from newplay at livestream.com

Howard Sherman (Arts Advocate and Writer)

Beth Blickers (Abrams Artists Agency)
Burke Brown and Lee Savage (Wingspace Theatrical Design)
Ralph Sevush (Dramatists Guild)

- See more at: http://howlround.com/livestreaming-panel-discussions-on-intellectual-property-in-theater-rightsweek-mon-july-14-thurs#sthash.BXvnff1F.dpuf

Panelists: Beth Blickers ( Abrams Artists Agency), Burke Brown and Lee Savage (Wingspace Theatrical Design), Ralph Sevush (Dramatists Guild)

Moderator: Howard Sherman (Arts Advocate and Writer)

SHARING YOUR WORK - Lark Play Development Center, July 15, 2014

Explores how creative collaborators and devised theatre-makers decide to license their work.

Watch live streaming video from newplay at livestream.com

Panelists: Hannah Bos, Oliver Butler and Paul Thureen (The Debate Society); Ronee Penoi (dog & pony dc); J. Michael DeAngelis and John P. Dowgin (The Porch Room)

Moderator: Morgan Jenness

PUBLISHING YOUR WORK -Dramatists Guild, July 16, 2014

The many options writers have to publish their work,including both tradition and digital channels, and how to ensure their work isprotected.

Watch live streaming video from newplay at livestream.com

Panelists: Martin Denton (Indie Theater Now), Sean Patrick Flahaven (Warner/Chappell Music), Kait Kerrigan and BrianLowdermilk (New Misocal Theatre), Gwydion Suilebhan (New Play Exchange)

Moerator: Amy Rose Marsh (Samuel French, Inc)

PIRACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE - Samuel French, July 17, 2014

Piracy in the digital age, how the industry has adapted to technological advancements, and how these advancements can help enforce anti-piracy laws.

Watch live streaming video from newplay at livestream.com

Panelists: Steven Chaikelson (Columbia University), Tori Keenan-Zelt (Kanjy), Bruce Lazarus and Brad Lohrenz (Samuel French, Inc), Laura Penn (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society)

Moderator: Isaac Butler

Remember, unlicensed productions are taking money directly from the playwright. Please let us know if this is happening in your neighborhood by contacting Samuel French representative Carly Erickson.

Intellectual Property and Protecting the Rights of Artists