How can I protect live events and performance work under copyright law?

Copyright is hard to enforce for live events or performance, since the same or similar work taking place in a different context can be construed as being a different work, and therefore not protected by copyright law.  Artists, however, can still protect their work in different ways.

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This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material. The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.