March 21, 2008
Since we posted on this site back in 2008 about getting rights to perform Dr Horrible we received hundreds of emails and we were forwarding them on to the appropriate people, however after some time there was a stop places on granting permission.
As far as we know there is also nothing in place right now to grant public screenings of Dr Horrible with the exception of registered "Can't Stop the Serenity" events.
We still get people asking all the time so here's an update on getting the rights to perform Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog … and why you can't get permission right now. It's been a while since this info was released but hopefully they're still working on it.
nytimes.com There have been performances of “Dr. Horrible” at conventions – has it been licensed for schools and other stage productions?Joss Whedon. We did a little agreement, and many schools and some professional troupes have done it around the country. We actually had to put a pause on it, because people were starting to sell DVDs and stuff, so we had to figure out more complex legal language, which hopefully we’ll be done with soon. Obviously, we love the idea that people and schools are doing it, but if people are making money off it, then we go, “Hmmm, wait a minute. Isn’t there a rule about this?” -- NYTimes Apr 18, 2011.
When the announcement first came out that they were no longer granting performance rights, the blurb on the website said something about how they couldn't stop people from doing it for free (which reinforces the idea here that the stumbling block was distribution of royalties, which I completely understand). Not to get my hopes up, but I wonder if they would still be "okay" with people producing the show if the performances were free? I mean, I am ALL FOR sending Joss and co. their fair share, and if I were able to charge admission, I would give them whatever they asked. I just want to produce this show so much, and I was steps away from getting permission before the announcement came down, and I'm getting impatient!!
March 21, 2008
From what I understand they are still planning to work something out so that people can get permission to perform it again. Stay tuned…
I think the original article said something about performing it "for your friends" which is a bit different to "for the public"
Is there any update on this from last year? Because I know many high schools (mine included) want to do the show on stage, but need the money they earn for the theater budget for that year. I don't mean to say we'd keep all the money, but I know the head of my school's theater department would be willing to pay the fee for the rights to do it. Another thing to consider is maybe selling stage scripts as part of the rights to perform it. I'm only a student, and don't know much of the legal stuff, but all I know is they could make a decent amount of money if they let people do stage adaptations considering the amount of theater groups willing to pay.
March 21, 2008
Unfortunately the producers have absolutely no spare time due to working on the new tv series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Joss on Avengers 2 so there's no developments and probably won't be any time in the near future.
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