Texas church forced to pay damages for illegal ‘Hamilton’ production

Church refuted.

The Texas house of worship, which produced an unauthorized and highly religious version of the Broadway sensation “Hamilton,” was ordered Tuesday to pay an undisclosed sum in damages after receiving a cease-and-desist letter.

Pastor Roman Gutierrez also apologized and admitted that the Door McAllen Church did not receive permission from the show’s producers or creators to perform “Hamilton” — nor did it receive Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blessing to change the lyrics, Entertainment Weekly reported .

“The Door Christian Fellowship McAllen Church has not requested or received any license from the producers or creators of ‘Hamilton’ to produce, direct, replicate or alter any part of ‘Hamilton,'” read a statement released by the was posted to the venue’s 897 Instagram followers.

“We also did not obtain prior permission to alter Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work by altering the music, lyrics, deleting songs and adding dialogue.”

The church said it uses the snafu as a teachable moment about intellectual property and protected artistic works.

Miranda responded to fans telling them that lawyers were now involved.
Miranda responded to fans and told them lawyers were involved.
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Production synchronized "Shamilton" of Twitter users first made headlines when a video surfaced of Pastor Roman Gutierrez delivering a sermon equating homosexuality with addiction.
The production – dubbed “Scamilton” by social media users – first made headlines when a video surfaced of Pastor Roman Gutierrez delivering a sermon equating homosexuality with addiction.

“Our ministry will seize this moment as an opportunity to learn about protected artistic works and intellectual property,” the statement continued.

“We agree that we will never stage the performance again and will destroy all video or audio recordings and images of the performances and rehearsals.”

The production – dubbed “Scamilton” by Twitter users – first made headlines when video surfaced of Pastor Roman Gutierrez delivering a sermon equating homosexuality with addiction.

Miranda responded to the production of said he was grateful to his fans who have reached out to him and that lawyers have now been involved.

A Hamilton rep said the show will donate money raised from the damages to the South Texas Equality Project, an advocacy and support group for the LGBTQIA+ community in the Rio Grande Valley.

An official cease and desist letter was sent to the production after clips of the show leaked onto the internet.
A cease and desist letter was sent to the unauthorized production after clips of the show leaked onto the internet.
The church said they use the snafu as a teaching moment about intellectual property and protected artistic works.
The church said it uses the snafu as a teachable moment about intellectual property and protected artistic works.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/24/texas-church-forced-to-pay-damages-for-illegal-hamilton-production/ Texas church forced to pay damages for illegal ‘Hamilton’ production

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