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    Default Is Something that's Copyrighted in Russia Also Copyrighted in the U.S.

    Can an amateur theater group in the US use a play that was published by a living Russian author in Russia without asking for permission? What legal obligations are there? Are they imposed by the Berne Convention and UCC or other laws? Thank you.

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    Default Re: Russian Play(As in Theater) Copyright in the U.S.

    No you can not. US and Russia are both signatories of the Berne and UCC. The owner has rights in the US through those treaties.

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    Default Re: Russian Play(As in Theater) Copyright in the U.S.

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    No you can not. US and Russia are both signatories of the Berne and UCC. The owner has rights in the US through those treaties.
    Thank you. Do you know if it matters whether there were tickets sold to the performance or not? I.e., if the play was put on for free, is the theater still liable?

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    Default Re: Russian Play(As in Theater) Copyright in the U.S.

    Do you know if it matters whether there were tickets sold to the performance or not?
    No, it doesn't matter. Even if the performance is free, the production infringes on the author's copyright.
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    Default Re: Russian Play(As in Theater) Copyright in the U.S.

    Assuming the author learned of the production, tell me, exactly how would the author actually enforce said copyright?

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