You probably don't need any more proof that copyright holders can be, well, pure evil.
But just in case you needed more convincing, read this blog posting by Joe Wilcox, an analyst with Jupiter Research.
He tells the tale of his daughter's school play – and how the copyright owners demanded over $1300 for the right to perform three evenings in the school's auditorium.
The school doesn't have the money, so instead is opting for a smaller venue and only two performances. And any recording equipment is banned – no video cameras at this play.
As a professional writer I can relate to the need of the play writers to make money from their copyrighted materials (my landlord still doesn't buy the "but the internet stole my work" argument). But there also is a thing called fair use – I've never charged educational institutions for the right to use any of my writings.
On the other hand schools make a tidy little profit from selling photos and video tapes of the plays its students perform in.
But still… 1300 dollars for a school play?
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