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Classical Notes: July 15, 2008 Archive

Suing Over Bad Reviews

Posted at 11:26 AM on July 15, 2008 by Gillian Martin (2 Comments)

This story caught my attention on-line today. A British composer sued the London Evening Standard for libel when it printed a negative review of his opera. The composer claims that by casting aspersions on his artistic choices (the opera had a political theme, apparently) the reviewer had curbed his rights to free speech. The court disagreed.

As a one-time actor, I've felt the sting of bad reviews of productions I've been in. I remember one that was downright cruel. But to sue? That seems extreme. Bad reviews are just part of the game.

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