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The Door McAllen Texas church can pay damages for ‘Hamilton’

The Door McAllen Texas church can pay damages for ‘Hamilton’

In a press release posted to Instagram, The Door McAllen’s pastor apologized and admitted to not looking for or receiving a license for the manufacturing.

DALLAS — The McAllen church that went viral for its unauthorized manufacturing of “Hamilton” can pay damages for staging the musical.

In a press release posted to Instagram, the church’s pastor apologized for the manufacturing “that infringed on the rights and copyrights of many.”

“We can pay damages for our actions,” the assertion stated.

The Door McAllen posted a full-length YouTube video of its Aug. 5 manufacturing of the present, which featured staging and costuming just like the Broadway manufacturing.

The present additionally featured a number of script modifications to incorporate references to Christianity and Jesus.

After the video started to get consideration on-line, outraged theatre followers tagged the present’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the present on social media alerting them to the unauthorized manufacturing.

Attorneys for “Hamilton” contacted the church and allowed them to proceed with the second efficiency, however prohibited images and movies from being posted on-line.

The next morning, throughout his sermon, Pastor Roman Gutierrez thanked “Hamilton” for giving the church permission to provide the present, however that license was not given.

In its assertion Tuesday, The Door McAllen admitted it “didn’t ask for, or obtain, a license from the producers or creators of Hamilton to provide, stage, replicate or alter any a part of Hamilton; nor did we search prior permission to change Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work by altering the music, the lyrics, deleting songs, and including dialogue.”

Shane Marshall Brown, a spokesperson for “Hamilton,” didn’t touch upon how a lot The Door can pay in damages.

In a press release to WFAA on Tuesday, Brown stated “‘Hamilton’ might be donating all damages paid by The Door Christian Fellowship McAllen Church to the South Texas Equality Undertaking.”

“The South Texas Equality Undertaking is a coalition of organizations that work to advocate for, have a good time, uplift, educate, and supply help to the LGBTQIA+ neighborhood of the Rio Grande Valley,” Brown stated.

Full assertion from The Door McAllen:

“On behalf of The Door Christian Fellowship McAllen Church, I want to personally apologize to the creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the producers of Hamilton, and the quite a few others who contributed their mental property to Hamilton, for staging an unauthorized manufacturing of Hamilton that infringed on the rights and copyrights of many.

The Door Christian Fellowship McAllen Church didn’t ask for, or obtain, a license from the producers or creators of Hamilton to provide, stage, replicate or alter any a part of Hamilton; nor did we search prior permission to change Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work by altering the music, the lyrics, deleting songs, and including dialogue.

We respect the copyrights of Hamilton”s writer and contributors.

These copyrights are protected by federal regulation. We acknowledge there are lawful avenues to acquire a license to stage properties which we didn’t pursue. And it’s by no means permissible to change an inventive work reminiscent of Hamilton with out authorized permission. I acknowledge because the Pastor of the church that I’ve an obligation and duty to observe the regulation and educate our neighborhood about these protocols. Our ministry will use this second as a studying alternative about protected inventive works and mental property.

On behalf of The Door Christian Fellowship McAllen Church, we agree we’ll by no means stage the efficiency once more and can destroy any and all video or sound recordings and pictures of the unauthorized performances or rehearsals, and request that every one our members do the identical. Lastly, we can pay damages for our actions.”

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