Samuel French is passionate about protecting the playwrights and composers in our catalog. We encourage you to explore this page and learn about the work Samuel French is doing to educate the community on these important issues. Educate yourself, spread the word, and help protect our artists.
Remember, unlicensed productions take money directly from the playwright. Please let us know if this is happening in your neighborhood by contacting Samuel French representative Carly Erickson.
Owning Their Words
Samuel French has 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 the Owning Their Words website, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samuel French has hosted numerous events in support of the playwright. Recently, we hosted a series of week-long panel discussions in partnership with Howlround. Below you will find essays and videos about these events.
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
Welcome to #MusicalsWeek: Protecting, Developing, and Celebrating Your Work by Ashley Moniz and Courtney Kochuba
Promotion and Protection of Musicals by Sean Patrick Flahaven
This Ain’t No Quick Change by Branden Huldeen
Unpacking “Diversity” In Musical Theatre Michael R. Jackson
Musical Theatre Factory and the Means of New Musical Development Shakina Nayfack
Lorraine Hansberry: Artist, Public Intellectual, Activist, Writer by Julie McGarvie
Hierarchies of Power: Cisgender Playwrights and Trans Characters by Basil Kreimendahl
Getting Specific: One Playwright’s Complicated Casting Choices by Larissa FastHorse
Relaxed Performances: The Nuts and Bolts of Offering Sensory-Friendly Experiences to Your Audience by Erica Nagel