Every Drama/Theatre teacher needs to know about copyright. For most of us who have been teaching a while, we’re wise enough to know why an understanding of copyright is essential to our profession. But if you’re new to Drama teaching, then a familiarity of copyright and how it affects you can sometimes be daunting. Either way, copyright laws change, particularly as emerging technologies have new implications for copyright infringements. So, a refresher course about copyright is always valuable professional learning.
If you teach Drama in a Victorian school and have asked yourself any of the following questions:
- How do I apply for copyright permission for our school play or musical?
- Do I need copyright permission to include published songs in school concerts?
- Am I allowed to adapt or alter a published play or musical for performance at my school?
- Can I film a copyrighted school play or musical for sale to others?
- Will I break copyright by promoting my play to an audience outside the school community?
- Are there copyright issues involved with artwork in play or musical stage sets?
- What information can I legally place or download from a website for school use?
…then you may wish to attend one or more of the Australian Copyright Council’s upcoming training sessions.
The Australian Copyright Council is an independent non-profit organisation that provides information, advice and training about copyright in Australia. They are holding training sessions in Melbourne on a range of topics, many relevant to Drama/Theatre teachers, on the following dates (hurry, as Melbourne training dates are coming up very soon):