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Why do we have to buy copies of the playscripts for stage management and each member of the cast?
Copyright exists in all published works to protect the author's work and to ensure a livelihood for the author. Reproducing a copyrighted work by any means without prior permission is illegal and results in a loss of livelihood for the author.
May I make an enlarged photocopy of the play for the stage manager?
Providing that it is a Samuel French Ltd publication and that a copy of the play has been purchased by or for the stage manager you may make an enlarged copy for stage management purposes. You must not use the copy for any other purpose and the enlarged copy should be destroyed after the play has finished unless you make further reference to Samuel French Ltd. We regret we cannot give permission for playscripts published by other publishers.
The play is out of print so it must be OK for me to make copies of it?
No, not without permission. Although a play may be out of print in a particular edition it doesn't mean the work is out of copyright. In the UK and the European Union copyright exists until the end of the 70th year after the death of the author (and in the case of co-authors the end of the 70th year after the death of the last remaining author). In addition there is typographical copyright which exists for 25 years from the end of the year in which the edition was published. We are happy to advise on Samuel French London publications. In some cases we may be able to bring the title back into print to order multiple copies. For orders under five (5) a downloadable perusal script will be available on the website for £25.00. Please contact our Customer Services Department on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 255 4311 for more information.
Although the play is out of print I've managed to get a library copy and we want to perform it. Can we make additional copies?
Please contact us as it is necessary to obtain written permission. In the vast majority of cases the play will still be in copyright and so a performing fee is still payable. In some cases we may be able to bring the title back into print to order multiple copies. Please contact our Customer Services Department on email@example.com or 0207 255 4311 for more information.
One of the actors in our group is partially sighted. May we make an enlarged copy of the playscript?
Providing that it is a Samuel French London publication and that an original copy of the play has been legally acquired by or for the actor concerned, you may make an enlarged photocopy for rehearsal purposes. You must not use the copy for any other purpose without further reference to Samuel French London. We cannot give permission for playscripts published by other publishers.
Can you provide/can I make a Braille transcription of a Samuel French London playscript/vocal score?
We regret we are unable to supply Braille transcriptions of Samuel French London publications. However, you are quite free to make a Braille transcription of our publications provided that an original copy of the play has been legally acquired by or for the person concerned. The RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is the leading UK charity offering practical support and information to anyone with a sight problem and it has a transcription service. Telephone: 0845 766 9999 / 020 7388 2525. Website: www.rnib.org.uk
I am a teacher/student and I want to copy a portion of the play for classroom/study/research purposes. Can I photocopy part of the playscript?
It is permissible to copy up to a maximum of four per cent of the total of a published work (for example, if a playscript comprised 40 pages it would be permissible to copy less than 2 pages) but the library of your school or college must be signatories to the Copyright Licensing Agency. The Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd licenses the photocopying of extracts from books, journals and magazines. Telephone: 020 7400 3100. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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How do I go about reproducing an extract from a Samuel French London publication?
Anyone wishing to reproduce, reprint or copy in any way all or part of a Samuel French London publication in another publication will need permission to do so. Although the work in question may be published by Samuel French it doesn't necessarily mean we are the copyright holders for the rights required. Please contact us in the first instance. If we don't hold the rights you require we can usually advise you who to contact. Almost always, a permission fee will be payable to compensate authors for any additional use of their work.
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