Artists tend to be under-rewarded. So, copyright is VERY important to help ensure they are rewarded for their labours. As m'legal friends say, for the avoidance of doubt, we take copyright issues very seriously here on CriticalDance and move quickly if we suspect there is a breach anywhere on the site.
However, two examples make me wonder whether there is a "greater good" argument that can prevail over copyright:
1. In our topic about "ballet russes", Glebb wrote:
Final thank you to Ann Barzel, the Chicago dance critic who sneaked her camera into the theatre and captured so many rare clips (deMille in Rodeo, Cotillion and many more) of ballets.
Thus, by breaching copyright, Barzel has provided the only record (I believe) of some crucially important early ballet Americana.
2. Copying videos:
David Bintley, AD of Birmingham Royal Ballet loves people to copy recordings of his company shown on TV - he sees them as an excellent and free form of publicity for his company.
What do you think?