Board moves to protect intellectual property

Board moves to protect intellectual property

July 11, 2016

The Board of Directors of the Educational Theatre Association has approved a revision to the EdTA Board Policy Manual to provide for protection of the organization’s intellectual property. In a meeting held during the 2016 International Thespian Festival, the Board added a new policy section that charges the executive director with making certain safeguards are in place to protect the trademarks, copyrights, and patents that EdTA owns.

In other business, the Board:

  • Received an update on work to improve insurance coverage for EdTA’s national and chapter events and activities, part of a comprehensive risk management review undertaken by Director of Operations Brian Monk. Monk said the aim is to buy a policy that will cover almost all of the organization’s exposure, including general liability and accident/medical, with coverage for performers and volunteers. Monk said he expects to have a proposal on a policy, and on a cost-sharing structure for state chapters, in time for the EdTA Leadership Summit July 27-30.
  • Heard a report on revisions to the EdTA Chapter Governance Policy, which is also on the agenda for the Summit. Director of Chapters and Communities Diane Carr said the revised policy clarifies the process for selecting chapter directors.
  • Heard a report from Deputy Executive Director Douglas Berlon on work to tune the rules and guidelines for EdTA’s Individual Events program. Remaining to be done: clarification of the rules on disqualification; establishing a method of identifying songs, monologues, and scenes for which copyright clearances have been granted for use in the IE program.
  • Made plans for a board-driven effort to boost participation in the 2016 EdTA National Conference in Las Vegas September 15-18. Board members will personally contact members who have attended past conferences and invite them to return to the event.