Georganna – 2008-03-18 5:30 PMOf course your writing creations are covered by copyright law, whether they were performed or not, unless you signed away some or all your rights. It sounds like you didn’t.
Taping and producing DVDs enters a murky area if someone else did that work, but you still own the copyright to your creations and thereby control copies of it, including derivatives.
I’m very fond of using professionals, especially when money is involved. Get yourself a good IP (Intellectual Property) attorney, preferrably one familiar with your field. It may be that something as simple as a letter from an attorney will settle the issue and smooth ruffled feathers.
I agree with the specific IP attorney. Definitely. Trouble is, you don’t actually have to sign away rights, you can give them away orally, and since the church has been producing the plays and doing DVDs. they may believe he said they could have the rights.
I hope a church will be understanding, and not want to take anything to court, but this is far from open and shut, and could get expensive, if they do.