McAllen church issues apology for unauthorized production of 'Hamilton'

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The Door McAllen church issued an apology after it was accused of staging an unauthorized performance of the Broadway hit Hamilton. 

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In a letter on social media, the church apologized directly to Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team behind the musical. 

In addition to taking the blame, the church's pastor says they will pay for damages of theft. 

WFAA-TV reposted that a spokesperson for 'Hamilton' said damages paid by The Door McAllen will be donated to The South Texas Equality Project - a group made up of several organizations that serve the Valley's LGBTQIA community.

Read the church's full statement below: 

On behalf of The Door Christian Fellowship McAllen Church, I would like to personally apologize to the creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the producers of Hamilton, and the numerous others who contributed their intellectual property to Hamilton, for staging an unauthorized production of Hamilton that infringed on the rights and copyrights of many.

The Door Christian Fellowship McAllen Church did not ask for, or receive, a license from the producers or creators of Hamilton to produce, stage, replicate or alter any part of Hamilton; nor did we seek prior permission to alter Lin-Manuel Miranda's work by changing the music, the lyrics, deleting songs, and adding dialogue. We respect the copyrights of Hamilton's author and contributors.

These copyrights are protected by federal law. We acknowledge there are lawful avenues to obtain a license to stage properties, which we did not pursue. And it is never permissible to alter an artistic work such as Hamilton without legal permission.

I recognize as the Pastor of the church that I have an obligation and responsibility to follow the law and educate our community about these protocols. Our ministry will use this moment as a learning opportunity about protected artistic works and intellectual property. On behalf of The Door Christian Fellowship McAllen Church, we agree we will never stage the performance again and will destroy any and all video or sound recordings and images of the unauthorized performances or rehearsals, and request that all our members do the same. Lastly, we will pay damages for our actions.


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