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entire contents copyright 2002 by Sally Cragin

A `MACBETH' WITH QUIRKS, BUT LITTLE CHARACTER

Author(s): Sally Cragin, Globe Correspondent Date: March 1, 2002 Page: D9 Section: Arts

reproduced from Boston GLOBE archives without permission

Subject: From Sally Cragin
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 14:14:47 -0500
From: "Sally Cragin" aiolia@worldnet.att.net

Dear Larry Stark,
Reprinting material without the author's permission is amateurish and extremely bad form. Please remove the MACBETH review immediately.
If, in the future, you wish to run one of my reviews, let me know your reprint rates first. I'll let you know.
Sincerely,
Sally Cragin

REPLY:
THE TEXT HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN.
I ran the review for comparison --- which I thought was sanctioned as
"quotation for the purpose of critical analysis"
This is the second time this has happened, and each time it is not The GLOBE that complained; it was a GLOBE stringer demanding money --- and knowing I'm sure that I don't have any.
But then, at only $125 per review, GLOBE stringers probably need money a lot more than they do exposure.
Love,
===Anon.
( a k a larry stark )

Subject: Response to Reply to Cragin
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 10:25:31 EST
From: Wllmarx@cs.com

For the sake of accuracy and so readers will learn something about copyright issues, I need to set the record straight. I am the first "Globe" stringer to ask that his theater review be removed from "Theater Mirror." First, the version that had been posted was garbled: it was not what I had written and, understandably, I wanted it taken down. Second, no one nt rights without giving the writers a penny. Freelancers should be sensitive about having their material appropriated without their knowledge. In my case, the "Globe" didn't complain because the copyright was mine. As for Cragin, it becomes more complicated because of the contract. She and the "Globe" jointly own the copyright, so I guess either can take action. There is nothing wrong with quoting selectively from a review for critical purposes, but common sense suggests reprinting an entire critique goes over the ethical line.
As for the small reviewing fee paid by the "Globe," the amount has gone up from $125 but, I agree, it is embarrassing. Yet can a publication that pays nothing to its contributors afford to be sarcastic at a freelancer's expense? A reprint fee is only a small percentage of the cost of the original review: "Theater Mirror" can't even cough that up. Yes, freelance critics like exposure, but they also like to be treated with professionalism: some are particular about the quality of the neighborhoods their reviews appear in.

Bill Marx

"Macbeth" (22 February - 13 March)
BOSTON THEATRE WORKS
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