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COPYRIGHT Q & A PART FOUR

March 7, 2016

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Q: If my script is subsequently published, should I re-register it?
A: Most publishers will re-register your play, at their expense. However, in your contract, you should require two things of the publisher:
    (1) It will register the play within 3 months of publication, at its expense.
    (2) It will (more…)

COPYRIGHT Q & A PART THREE

March 7, 2016

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Q: What is the proper form for a notice of copyright in playscripts?
A: Any one of the following:
    "Copyright 2016 by Charles Grippo"
    "Copr. 2016 by Charles Grippo"
    "(c) 2016 by Charles Grippo"
    "Copyright (c) 2016 by Charles Grippo"
  The date should be the year (more…)

COPYRIGHT Q & A PART TWO

February 26, 2016

Tags: Copyright, U.S. Copyright Code, United States Copyright, Berne Convention, Copyright Registration, Plays, Playwriting, Playwright, U.S. Copyright Office, Statutory Copyright, Poor Man's Copyright, Common Law Copyright, Copyright Office, ECO Service

Q: Where do I register my script?
A: With the United States Copyright Office, which is a division of the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C.
Q: How do I register my play for Statutory Copyright?
A: (1) Create an account with the U.S. Copyright Office.
     (2) (more…)

COPYRIGHT Q & A PART ONE

February 19, 2016

Tags: Copyright, Copyright law, U.S. Copyright Code, United States Copyright, Berne Convention, Copyright Registration, Playwriting, Playwright, Plays, U.S. Copyright Office, Statutory Copyright, Poor Man's Copyright, Common Law Copyright, Copyright Office, eCo service

    I'm fed up with all of the misinformation that gets posted about copyright law as it applies to playwriting. Most of it is well intended, of course, but too much comes from non lawyers and only causes confusion.

    Look, copyright law is pretty darn complex. How complex? (more…)

UPCOMING PRODUCTION

February 16, 2016

Tags: Ben Hecht, Hollywood, Academy Awards, Oscar, Victory Gardens Theatre, Israel, Newberry Library, Tony Award, Grippo Stage Company, Show Business, James Sherman, Dennis Zacek, Jews, Anti Semitism

I'm really excited that this summer we here at Grippo Stage Company, Inc., will have the honor of producing the world premiere of THE BEN HECHT SHOW, written and performed by James Sherman, and Directed by Dennis Zacek.

Ben Hecht was a legendary Chicago newspaperman who became a successful playwright; he co-authored the great farce THE FRONT PAGE, with Charles MacArthur. Subsequently Hecht went to Hollywood and won the first Academy Award for screenwriting. Enormously prolific, he authored, co-authored or made important contributions to such classic films as NOTHING SACRED, GUNGA DIN, GONE WITH THE WIND, STAGECOACH (1939 version), SCARFACE (the original with Paul Muni and a pre-Frankenstein monster Boris Karloff), WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939), THE FRONT PAGE --- over 70 films in all. He wrote for directors like Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Henry Hathaway, Ernst Lubitsch and Howard Hawks. Even a partial list of the stars who spoke his dialogue reads like a Who's Who of Hollywood greats: Katherine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Frederic March, John Wayne, the Marx Brothers, Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier. In all he was nominated for the screenwriting Oscar six times and won twice. Marilyn Monroe personally selected him to ghostwrite her autobiography.

But Hecht was so much more than that. He was a fierce supporter of Jewish causes and a foe of Anti-Semitism. In the late 1930's he used his fame and money to warn against the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis; he even predicted the Holocaust. He wrote plays to raise money for Israel. He was such a staunch advocate of Israel's independence from British rule that, at one time, British movie theaters refused to play any film in which he took a part. Despite the risk to his livelihood, he never backed down. When he died, the Israeli Prime Minister traveled all the way to New York to deliver the eulogy at his funeral. (more…)

A SALUTE TO THE PIONEERING WOMEN OF MUSICAL THEATER

October 10, 2015

Tags: Kay Swift, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Institute of Musical Art, Julliard School, James Warburg, Fine and Dandy, Can't We Be Friends, Katherine Weber, Female Composers, Women Composers, Broadway Musical Theater, Katherine Faulkner "Kay" Swift, Vicki Ohl

(Over the next several months I will be paying tribute to the individual women who, by sheer talent and determination, achieved great success as writers, lyricists, composers, and arrangers in the male dominated Broadway musical theater. Check back often as I post new profiles. Here is the first of the series.)

KATHERINE FAULKNER "KAY" SWIFT

THE FIRST WOMAN TO WRITE THE COMPLETE SCORE FOR A BROADWAY MUSICAL

Born April 19, 1897, the daughter of a music critic, Katherine Faulkner Swift studied (more…)

IN ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTIONS

October 8, 2015

Tags: Sex Marks the Spot, Publication, Play, Politician, Sex Scandal, Election year, Farce

Many of you have asked me why the published version of my play SEX MARKS THE SPOT, has become unavailable to purchase as new copies. There's no great mystery, as some of you have wondered. The facts are simple.
SEX MARKS THE SPOT, my two act farce about a politician trying to cover up (more…)

EVERY ARTIST SHOULD SELF PRODUCE AT LEAST ONCE

October 2, 2015

Tags: Self Producers, Self Produce, Playwright, Playwriting, Directors, Directing, Choreography, Choreographer, Designer, Theater, Scripts, Actors, Acting, Crowd Funding

Every artist should self produce at least once, if he's really serious about being in the theater.

Why?

PLAYWRIGHTS: A playwright may wait months, even years, before a theater accepts or (more likely) rejects her script. Many theaters never respond to scripts. Many producers won't even read unsolicited plays. ( I won't.) If the script (more…)

THE CRAFT OF WRITING MUSICAL THEATER (POST SCRIPT)

October 1, 2015

Tags: Musical Theater, Writing Musicals, Musicals, Chicago Writers Bloc

A big thank you to all of you who attended my presentation on "The Craft of Writing Musical Theater" on September 28, 2015, under the auspices of the Chicago Writers Bloc. I hope you found it helpful and informative for your own writing. I enjoyed talking to you afterwards. Thank you also for your feedback.

Copyright ( c ) 2015 by Charles Grippo. All rights reserved. This work may not be reproduced, copied, downloaded, or distributed by any means, now known or hereinafter discovered, in whole or in part, without the express written consent of the copyright holder. For display purposes only.

Federal Judge Rules "Happy Birthday"Lyrics are Public Domain

September 22, 2015

Tags: "Happy Birthday To You, " "Happy Birthday, " Federal Court, Judge George H. King, Patty Smith Hill, Mildred J. Hill, Warner/Chappell, "Good Morning to All, " Copyright, Public Domain, Jennifer Nelson, Summy Co., "Happy Birthday, "

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge George H. King ruled that the lyrics to "Happy Birthday To You" are not protected by copyright. The Judge held that Warner/Chappell does not have a valid claim of copyright to the lyrics to the song, which was supposedly written by two sisters Mildred J. Hill and Patty (more…)