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|year=2016
 
|year=2016
 
|region=North America
 
|region=North America
|artist=Brooke Mason,
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|artist=Erin Pike,
|subject=Nudity
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|subject=Copyright, Political/Economic/Social Opinion
|confronting_bodies=City of West Hollywood
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|confronting_bodies=Samuel French, Inc.
|medium=Photography
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|medium=Theatre
|date_of_action=April 2016
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|date_of_action=February-March 2016
|location=West Hollywood, CA
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|location=Seattle, WA
|description_of_content=Mason's photography challenges gender stereotypes of perceived female roles in society. The three photographs included in the WOMEN MANIFEST exhibitions -- “Voyeur”, “Glass Ceiling” and "Soar" -- depict semi-nude women posing in interiors.  
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|description_of_content=In early February, the one woman play That’swhatshesaid enjoyed a four-night run in the tiny venue at Gay City Arts in Seattle. Created and performed by Erin Pike and written by Courtney Meaker, the play consists entirely of dialogue culled from the most-produced plays of the 2014—2015 season. These include Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez and 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog, all published by drama lit mega-publisher Samuel French. In total, eleven plays were sourced to generate the script; Pike worked on the one hour-long piece for over two years. By collaging together preexisting texts, quoting lines and toying with their contexts, the play takes on status quo perceptions of women and shines a light on the culture that perpetuates them.
 
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|description_of_incident=on the second night of the performance, several hours before curtain, Gay City Arts Executive Director Fred Swanson received a cease and desist letter from the licensing and compliance arm of Samuel French. They wanted to shut down the play. The letter claims that its use of copyrighted material, specifically from Bad Jews, is infringing. Following the letter, Bruce Lazarus, executive director/vice president for Samuel French, called and left a voicemail on the cellphone of the play's creator and sole performer, Erin Pike. He claimed the production was "illegal" and said that Samuel French would "go after" Gay City Arts unless they cancelled the show.
WOMEN MANIFEST was a series of three exhibitions in West Hollywood curated by photographer Brooke Mason to coincide with Women’s History Month. Mason's photographs “Voyeur” and “Glass Ceiling” were selected for the exhibition "EXPOSED: Celebrating Local Women Artists" in Plummer's Park. Mason's photograph "Soar" was juried into another exhibition, "Out and About," which opened at City Hall.
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|description_of_result=The show went on. Whenever a line from Bad Jews came up, someone offstage would shout "redacted!" and Pike would go ahead miming the stage directions but not speaking the accompanying lines. The redactions led to moments of drama that hadn't existed before this external pressure from Samuel French. Since, the creators of the play received two more cease and desist letters, one for lines it doesn't even contain. Several parties have pointed out that the manner in which the play uses pre-existing content satisfies all the conditions of fair use.
|description_of_incident=“Voyeur” and “Glass Ceiling” were removed on March 11th five days after EXPOSED opened, due to an unknown city staff member's complaint. The City of West Hollywood also banned Mason's photograph “Soar” from ”Out and About”; the City was concerned that the image featured a partially nude underage model, which was not the case. The City would not allow “Soar” to be shown, threatening to cancel the exhibition if the photograph was included. Mason pulled “Soar” from the show herself.
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|image=Erin-pike thatswhatshesaid phototimsummers02.jpg
|description_of_result=On April 14th 2016, the City of West Hollywood reached an agreement with the artist. In addition to issuing an apology to Brooke Mason for censoring her work, The City agreed to sponsor a solo exhibition of Mason's photographs at the Art Room, Plummer Park Community Center, April 21st – June 27th, 2016. However, soon after opening to the public, that exhibition met with unwarranted closures due to misunderstandings among staffers about gallery procedures and policies. The City has promised to adopt new, clear-cut guidelines for exhibiting art in public spaces.
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|source=http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2016/02/08/23539836/erin-pike-and-thatswhatshesaid-went-on-despite-cease-and-desist-order-legal-ramifications-remain-uncertain
|image=Soar 3622x3622 RemovedWork BM.jpg
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|source=http://www.wehonews.com/censorship-in-west-hollywood/, http://brookemason.com/
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[http://www.wehoville.com/2016/03/16/artist-contests-weho-limits-on-photos-of-nude-women/ Artist Contests WeHo Limits on Photos of Nude Women, Mar 16, 2016]
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[http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2016/02/05/23534251/samuel-french-tries-to-shut-down-thatswhatshesaid-an-hour-before-curtain Samuel French Tries to Shut Down That'swhatshesaid an Hour Before Curtain by Rich Smith Feb 5, 2016]
 
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[http://wehonews.com/censorship-in-west-hollywood/ Censorship in West Hollywood, By Ryan Gierach, March 16, 2016 ]
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[http://wehonews.com/wehos-idea-of-celebrating-womens-history-month-is-repression/ WeHo’s idea of celebrating Women’s History Month is REPRESSION, By Ryan Gierach, March 17, 2016 ]
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[http://wehonews.com/weho-apologizes-but-for-what-and-whom-is-the-city/ WEHO APOLOGIZES, BUT FOR WHAT? AND WHOM IS “THE CITY” March 23, 2016 By Ryan Gierach WEHO NEWS]
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[http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2016/02/08/23539836/erin-pike-and-thatswhatshesaid-went-on-despite-cease-and-desist-order-legal-ramifications-remain-uncertain Erin Pike and That'swhatshesaid Went on Despite Cease and Desist Order, Legal Ramifications Remain Uncertain by Rich Smith, Feb 8, 2016]
  
[http://ncac.org/blog/west-hollywood-blocks-artists-work NCAC Letter to Lindsey Horvath, Mayor of the City of West Hollywood; West Hollywood Blocks Artist’s Work / Resolution Found, April 14, 2016]
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[https://soundcloud.com/actualseannelson/bruce-lazarus-voicemail#t=0:00 Bruce Lazarus Voicemail]
  
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[http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2016/02/08/23542457/samuel-french-sends-another-cease-and-desist-letter-about-thatswhatshesaid-this-time-over-lines-that-arent-even-in-the-show Samuel French Sends Another Cease and Desist Letter About That'swhatshesaid, This Time Over Lines That Aren't Even in the Show by Rich Smith Feb 8, 2016]
  
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[http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2016/02/11/23558939/thatswhatshesaid-receives-third-cease-and-desist-this-time-from-dramatists-play-service-inc That'swhatshesaid Receives Third Cease and Desist, This Time from Dramatists Play Service, Inc. by Rich Smith Feb 11, 2016]
  
  

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Artist: Erin Pike

Year: 2016

Date of Action: February-March 2016

Region: North America

Location: Seattle, WA

Subject: Copyright, Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Theatre

Confronting Bodies: Samuel French, Inc.

Description of Artwork: In early February, the one woman play That’swhatshesaid enjoyed a four-night run in the tiny venue at Gay City Arts in Seattle. Created and performed by Erin Pike and written by Courtney Meaker, the play consists entirely of dialogue culled from the most-produced plays of the 2014—2015 season. These include Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez and 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog, all published by drama lit mega-publisher Samuel French. In total, eleven plays were sourced to generate the script; Pike worked on the one hour-long piece for over two years. By collaging together preexisting texts, quoting lines and toying with their contexts, the play takes on status quo perceptions of women and shines a light on the culture that perpetuates them.

The Incident: on the second night of the performance, several hours before curtain, Gay City Arts Executive Director Fred Swanson received a cease and desist letter from the licensing and compliance arm of Samuel French. They wanted to shut down the play. The letter claims that its use of copyrighted material, specifically from Bad Jews, is infringing. Following the letter, Bruce Lazarus, executive director/vice president for Samuel French, called and left a voicemail on the cellphone of the play's creator and sole performer, Erin Pike. He claimed the production was "illegal" and said that Samuel French would "go after" Gay City Arts unless they cancelled the show.

Results of Incident: The show went on. Whenever a line from Bad Jews came up, someone offstage would shout "redacted!" and Pike would go ahead miming the stage directions but not speaking the accompanying lines. The redactions led to moments of drama that hadn't existed before this external pressure from Samuel French. Since, the creators of the play received two more cease and desist letters, one for lines it doesn't even contain. Several parties have pointed out that the manner in which the play uses pre-existing content satisfies all the conditions of fair use.

Source: http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2016/02/08/23539836/erin-pike-and-thatswhatshesaid-went-on-despite-cease-and-desist-order-legal-ramifications-remain-uncertain


Samuel French Tries to Shut Down That'swhatshesaid an Hour Before Curtain by Rich Smith Feb 5, 2016

Erin Pike and That'swhatshesaid Went on Despite Cease and Desist Order, Legal Ramifications Remain Uncertain by Rich Smith, Feb 8, 2016

Bruce Lazarus Voicemail

Samuel French Sends Another Cease and Desist Letter About That'swhatshesaid, This Time Over Lines That Aren't Even in the Show by Rich Smith Feb 8, 2016

That'swhatshesaid Receives Third Cease and Desist, This Time from Dramatists Play Service, Inc. by Rich Smith Feb 11, 2016







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