Can i make a reality show into a musical?
December 29, 2011 8:58 AM Subscribe
Legality/advisability of turning a reality show season into a musical?
posted by Potomac Avenue to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I would like to produce a musical (an extremely low budget one to put on in bars and dirty theater spaces) based on a season of a particularly infamous reality show. Our budget is 0, and there's almost no way anyone could mistake it for an official product of the network.
Does this fall under parody? It will definitely be satirical, or at least humorously terrible. Will I get away with it most likely even if it's sort-of violating IP law a little? It's been a long time since it was on TV (in TV terms), does that make a difference?
Do I have to change the names to protect the innocent or are they public figures I can make fun of?
Has anyone done something like this before? It's hard to google... "Reality TV Quadruple Off Broadway Shows"?
Wild speculation based on little to no legal expertise welcome!
(MeMail me if you'd like to know which show I'm talking about or if you want to audition)