Adaptation Rights and Repurposing a Musical

by Carol de Giere on June 17, 2015

Musical writer Michael LunsfordIntroduction to Michael Lunsford’s Article about Musical Adaptation and Rights Issues

This article is posted in conjunction with Musical Writerzine issue 30

Author, composer, and playwright Michael Lunsford offers a case study in what to do when there are rights issues with adapted material. He is one of many musical writers who have faced challenges over rights to original material.

In this article, Lunsford talks about repurposing material and finding a successful new life for his work. He explains what steps he took as he shares the story of his adaptation journey.

You can read the PDF file online or download it. Michael Lunsford Article – PDF file

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Germaine Shames June 18, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Bravo, Michael! “He who laughs last…”


Tom Evans June 19, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Dear Michael,
The old saw goes, “ignorance is bliss.” Well, out of your ignorance you wrote a new work, got rebuffed (and enlightened), re-wrote it to circumvent the rebuff and are on the brink of achieving your dream. Now, had you known in advance the legalities of adaptation you may have never written a word. Ah, the bliss that can come from ignorance. Cheers and a happy ever after ending to your story.
Tom Evans, playwright


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