Hampshire School Faces Copyright Action Threat
Written by Fozia Cheychi on 29 November 2016« Return to Reading Room
Samuel French Ltd allege that the three night school hall performance of the show written by Willy Russell is a breach of copyright.
A spokesman for Samuel French has said that Willy Russell’s agent had seen media coverage of the performance in the Daily Echo and as a result had contacted the publishing company to notify it.
Hounsdown’s production did not feature music from the critically acclaimed musical, but the spokesman said that the way in which the school chose to perform the production through the use of certain characters such as the Narrator and the incorporation of dancing could amount to a breach of the copyright licence. He further explained that Hounsdown School should have advertised their production as a play version but instead chose to advertise it as a musical for which they do not have permission to perform.
The spokesperson commented that legal action may be taken against Hounsdown School if there was found to be a breach of the copyright laws.
Blood Brothers- Willy Russell’s contemporary musical with book, lyrics, and music was one of the longest running musicals in the world. It is a heart-warming story of fraternal twins Mickey and Eddie who are separated at birth and are reunited later through friendship. There real relationship however is concealed by their families who endeavour to keep them apart due to superstitious beliefs.
Despite the pair relocating, their lives intertwine; they are both however brought up in completely different circumstances. One is raised in a wealthy family whilst the other is raised in a poor family. Later as adults they are caught up in a love triangle after they both fall in love with the same girl, causing friction in their friendship and ultimately leading to tragedy.
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