Some storytellers think they can disregard others’ intellectual property and copyrights. Those are usually the same people rushing to copyright an oral performance. It’s ridiculous and stands in complete contradiction with the nature of the art. People argue with me endlessly about this, “but everybody does it” (not true), “but they don’t mind” (did you ask?), “but who will notice?” (You’d be surprised, keep reading). To all the darlings who don’t consider ethics and like playing catch-me-if-you-can, maybe you’d like to know at least one storyteller I’m aware of has had it already. She was sued by the publisher, lost everything she earned telling the stolen story and much more.
There are better ways to do it and the real point isn’t about permission – it can be given, or not. The real point is about how to tell a literary story – orally – and do it well.
Via Gregg Morris