Quote Originally Posted by papagene
I am sure that the people putting on the play have already paid some kind of fee to put on the play. The play's copyright covers the words in the play and usually not the visuals, which change from production to production through the directors'/producers' interpretation.
If the people putting on the play have asked you to photograph the production for publicity purposes, I will assume that they are responsible for copyright issues.
Unless you are recording (audio) the words or photographing the text, I would think you are all set. But in this age of over-litigation, do some investigating.
I have photographed local theatrical productions in the past and have had no problems.
good luck!

Exactly. That's my point. It's just too hard to know what's beyond being legal. I checked a couple of web sites of the publishing houses and read the statements of copyright laws, but that wasn't enough of an explanation, I thought. So I posted a question here since we're photographers of some kind.

However, I used to do some video work as well in theaters, and I did some recordings. I have the audio, but that was for personal use only. And in some still photos I took, I have the letters such as the titles of the plays. But again they are personal in a way.

Do you think it's better to ask the publishing house directly on this? Or they might not fully understand the problem because they could be over-reacting to whatever seems violating their rules.