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Performing right: legal constraints and Beckett’s plays on BBC television

Bignell, J. ORCID: (2015) Performing right: legal constraints and Beckett’s plays on BBC television. Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui, 27. 129- 142. ISSN 0927-3131

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1163/9789004309937_011


Drawing on BBC archival documentation, this article outlines how BBC television versions of Beckett’s plays were affected by copyright. Rights to record and broadcast original drama for the screen differ from those governing adaptations of existing theatre plays. Rights can be assigned for specific territories and periods of time, and are negotiated and traded via complex contractual agreements. Examining how Beckett’s agents and the BBC dealt with rights sheds new light on the history of his work on television.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Samuel Beckett Research Centre
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:40381
Uncontrolled Keywords:Beckett, television, drama, BBC, archive, copyright
Publisher:Brill/ Rodopi


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