I've always been having a question about whether it's okay to take photographs of theatrical productions. I must confess that I've done it for a coule of semi-professional small theatrical productions in the past because simply the production people needed a few images for the press and so on.

I know, according to the rule by the U.S. publishing houses, it's not okay. Actually they say no photographing or recording of the plays of which rights belong to their playrights are allowed. I 100 percent respect that, but since my purpose of photographing these productions is not really all that commercial (I mean yes, but in a very very small scale), I get stranded.

One thing I have to be very clear is that I've always shot those photos as decent snap shots for my friends, and it's for courtesy, meaning there's no money involved. None.

So could anyone help me find an answer for this?