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Profile of Angio333
I am a little confused. In some other threads, it was mentioned that certain routines are copyrighted and sometimes performance rights is mentioned.

Can you buy a DVD on sometyhing like cups and balls and perform for a profit the routines that they teach you or do you need to obtain performance rights?

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If you paid for the DVD you can perform to your heart's content. Performance rights are usually sold with high-end illusions.

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It's been discussed many times, and always seems to get a little more confusing each time. I'd ask to make sure what you were actually getting for your money, because it can vary from purchase to purchase.

For example, I recently purchased a play script. What I received was a digital copy with rights to perform it for as long as I wanted, but only as a “live” show, not for television or internet. I can make as many copies as I need for my troop, but can’t give a copy to anyone else.

Things should be spelled out, and (as Jim stated) it’s more common with high-end stuff. Nobody will say anything if you use a thumb tip on national television, but doing a “bootlegged” Zig-Zag Lady is going to draw some serious heat!

While Cups & Balls are a magic staple, copying somebody’s routine is approaching that line where I’d want to check. Is there anything on the DVD packaging that gives a clue? Is there anything you can change (even slightly) to make it yours?
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