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    Default I'm Writing a Screenplay/Tribute to Deceased Entertainer - Do I Need Permission

    re-produce some of his performances and routines for the screen
    (using actors). Even though this is a tribute? Who would I need permission from, the owner(s) of the masters, or the family?

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    Toledo, OH

    Default Re: I'm Writing a Screenplay/Tribute to Deceased Entertainer - Do I Need Permission

    Yes, you would need permission.

    You would need to contact the owners of the copyright for EACH routine. Copyrights are often held by the decedent's estate, but it isn't unusual for performers to leave certain routines to friends or colleagues (George Ballanchine, for example, left several of his choreographies to his favorite dancers).

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