successful music writer “Hamilton”Puerto Rican Lin-Manuel Mirandahas used unauthorized and manipulation of music by a church in the hands of its lawyers Texasknown a few days ago and it raised some controversy.
On his Twitter account, Miranda thanked everyone who warned about “this illegal and unauthorized production”, adding: “Now the lawyers have gone to work”.
The Door Church in McAllen, Texas, staged a “Christian version” of “Hamilton” on Friday, in which the script was changed to include references to God and, according to the material, its protagonist, Alexander Hamilton, who had been asked for his salvation. Told about Shared by different users. on Twitter.
Grateful to all of you who told about this illegal, unauthorized production. Now let the lawyer do his job.
and forever grateful @dramatistsguild, who have writers’ backs everywhere, whether it’s your first play or your fiftieth. 1/2 https://t.co/yMtM3z9crI
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) 10 August 2022
The controversy over the manipulation of the text was heightened by the fact that the church clergy, after the performance of that version of the work, made some homophobic remarks, such as relating to the fact that God could forgive “problems” such as drugs. As an addiction to drugs or homosexuality.
In her message today, Miranda does not enter into this controversy of homophobia and limits herself to pointing out issues related to intellectual property, joining a statement from the Playwrights Guild regarding the text represented in the church. .
The statement reminds that any changes to the original text must be made with the author’s consent, and that “no professional, religious or amateur organization is exempt” from compliance.
Copyright monitoring is strict in the audiovisual world in general, but with particular emphasis on music BroadwayWhere it is common for theaters to have specially dedicated staff to prevent audiences from recording musical sequences from their mobile phones, even if they are only a few seconds long.