Performance Permissions


Performance permission requirements

As a publisher of performance resources, we frequently receive questions about copyrights, royalties, and permissions. Hopefully, this FAQ will provide the answers you need.  If not, please get in touch with us.

I’m planning to produce one of your Confetti Company Fairy Tales for Today stories.  How many of the Play In One Act scripts will I need to order?

You will need to order enough so that each cast member and each crew member has a copy. At minimum that means you will need to order one script for each cast member that has a speaking role. But you also need to consider that anyone “helping you out”, i.e., your technical crew will need a script. Those helpers are anyone who supports you in the costuming, set design, lights, sounds, and stage effects departments.

Why is this important?  Because you don’t want to be tempted to photocopy a script.  That’s not only stealing, but it is also illegal.  When you illegally photocopy a script, you duplicate without permission.  That steals revenue from the playwright.  At Accent and Acting Resources it’s our responsibility to ensure a playwright’s work is used legally. We do that by ensuring that you’ve purchased sufficient scripts to begin with.  Any organization found to have violated a playwright’s copyright may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  At Accent and Acting Resources we also reserve the right to assess a copyright infringement fine.  That fine may be up to 10 times the original cost of the Play in One Act script that was reproduced without permission.

I purchased one of your Hollywood 101 monologues, scenes, or commercials e-books.  Can I email copies of my e-book to friends?

No.  Sending any of our e-books via email violates copyright laws.  Posting the e-book you purchased to a website or service that will “store” it for you so that others can access your e-book is also a violation of copyright law.

As with photocopying, we reserve the right to assess a copyright infringement fine.  That fine may be up to 10 times the original cost of the Play in One Act script that was reproduced without permission.

I’m planning to perform one of your Hollywood 101 monologues, scenes, commercials, or produce one of your Play in One Act scripts to be performed.  Will I need to pay a Royalty Fee?

Yes.  Any time you perform a Hollywood 101 monologue, scene, commercial, or Play in One Act script a royalty fee is due.  The royalty is due whether or not the event in which you will be performing charges admission fees.  The size of the audience also does not matter, a royalty fee is still due. This includes festivals, competitions, church events, holiday events for organizations e.g., hospitals and retirement homes, school assemblies and dress-rehearsals with an audience.

Paying a royalty fee gives you permission to use and to perform the writer’s or playwright’s property.  Remember, the writer’s creativity produced the monologue, scene, commercial, or script you wish to perform.  That’s how the writer earns his living.  It really doesn’t have anything at all to do with charging admission.  That said, most of our customers are kids, teens, schools, churches, and/or non-profit organizations.  We want you to perform!  And we think we have the best options for kids and teens who wish to explore acting.  So we set our prices to make performance opportunities possible for these groups. 

You will need to pay a royalty fee one week before your scheduled performance. Get in Touch to discuss how to pay.  Individuals or groups violating royalty fee payment may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  At Accent and Acting Resources, we reserve the right to assess a copyright infringement fine.  That fine may be up to 10 times the original cost of the Play in One Act script that was reproduced without permission.

I’m not charging admission to my event.  Why do I have to pay a royalty fee?

Paying a royalty fee gives you permission to use and to perform the writer’s or playwright’s property.  Remember, the writer’s creativity produced the monologue, scene, commercial, or script you wish to perform.  That’s how the writer earns his living.  It really doesn’t have anything at all to do with charging admission.  That said, most of our customers are kids, teens, schools, churches, and/or non-profit organizations.  We want you to perform!  And we think we have the best options for kids and teens who wish to explore acting.  So we set our prices to make performance opportunities possible for these groups. 

I’m not going to actually perform in front of an audience.  Do I have to pay a royalty fee?

No.  You only need to pay a royalty fee if you have an audience, whether that’s one (1) person or many people.

What if I need to edit, cut, or change words in a monologue, scene, commercial, or script?

 Since our works are copyrighted, changes must be approved.  Get in Touch with us.

The Play in One Act scripts correspond to a Confetti Kids Fairy Tales for Today story book and CD.  Can I purchase extra story books for cast members?

Yes.  Click here.

Can I produce extra CDs (i.e., burn extra CDs) for cast members to listen to as they learn their parts?

Absolutely!  This will allow your cast members the opportunity to listen-and-learn their lines at home or in the car.

Can I videotape a performance?

Yes, so long as you have paid a standard royalty fee your audience members can videotape your performance for their own personal use.

Can I post my video on the internet?

Yes.  There are no additional fees for posting pictures and videos only when you pay your standard royalty fees.