Before I get into it, I know there are grey areas, things I would need professional advice about, and regional laws to consider....
I have seen a number of cases, personally and through friends, where disagreements with designers have caused them to nearly walk off the job. I have been fortunate enough to have been able to work out all of the cases I have been involved with, but a couple of times it was Close! Too close. So, now I feel it is necessary to educate myself a bit more.
Do any of you have any knowledge or experience to share when it comes to intellectual property and the break down of an agreement?
If a designer quits half way through a production, who owns the design?
Can the theatre use what was left behind and finish the job without the designer?
At what point does a designer who quits still deserve credit for the work done?
Have any theatre companies been successful in taking legal action and claiming damages from a designer that bails on a contract?
any and all experiences that you are willing to share would be appreciated!