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 Post subject: 2007 Birthday Project ~ GOSH and Peter Pan
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 4:05 pm 
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ImagePeter Pan History

'All children, except one, grow up'

Since its first performance at the Duke of York's theatre on 27 December, 1904, Sir J M Barrie’s story of Peter Pan and Neverland has been a part of every childhood – and many adulthoods too!

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Barrie gave all the rights to the story to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929, and this was later confirmed when he died in 1937. Since then, the hospital has received royalties every time a production of the play is put on, as well as from the sale of Peter Pan books and other products. Barrie requested in his will that the amount raised from Peter Pan should never be revealed, and GOSH has honoured his wishes.

Although he and his wife were childless, Barrie loved children and was a prominent supporter of Great Ormond Street Hospital for many years. In 1929 he was approached to sit on a committee to help buy some land so that the Hospital could build a much-needed new wing. Barrie declined to serve on the committee but said that he "hoped to find another way to help".

Two months later, the hospital board was stunned to learn that Sir James had handed over all his rights to Peter Pan. At a Guildhall dinner later that year Barrie, as host, claimed that Peter Pan had been a patient in Great Ormond Street Hospital and that,

"It was he who put me up to the little thing I did for the hospital."

So began the enduring link between the author and the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

On 14 December 1929, at Barrie’s suggestion, the cast of a London production of Peter Pan came to the hospital and played out the Nursery Scene for the children, the first of a long tradition. Look closely at the picture – the man peering over the back to get a better view is none other than Sir James Barrie himself!

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And Peter Pan can be found throughout the hospital – we have a Peter Pan Ward, a Barrie Wing, a bronze statue of Peter Pan outside the hospital entrance, a Peter Pan café in the reception area and a plaque dedicated to Barrie in the hospital chapel. The hospital archive - The Peter Pan Gallery - houses remarkable editions of the book from all over the world, in many languages.

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Peter Pan Copyright

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J M Barrie’s gift of all the rights to Peter Pan has provided a vital source of income to Great Ormond Street Hospital ever since they were given to the hospital in 1929.

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Although the UK copyright expired in 1987, 50 years after Barrie’s death, former Prime Minister Lord Callaghan successfully proposed an amendment to the Copyright Act 1988 which gave Great Ormond Street the unique right to royalties from stage performances of Peter Pan (and any adaptation of the play), forever. (Section 301, Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988).

In 1996 copyright protection was extended from 50 to 70 years throughout the European Union, which means that Peter Pan now enjoys revived copyright in Europe until 2007. A similar Copyright Extension Act was passed in the USA with effect from October 1998 granting copyright there until 2023.

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This means that whenever a performance of Peter Pan is staged, a film made or a book published, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity can charge a royalty fee.


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Thanks for the background on this, Theresa.

I love the graphic of Peter Pan with the words "Helping sick children to get better." That's what we're doing with our birthday project this year, too.

Doesn't it feel wonderful?

Many thanks to all the Zoners who have contributed to the project so far. You are wonderful, and I hope you enjoy knowing that you have helped sick children and their families. :lilyrose:

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Just curious about this: Does this mean that the GOSH gets/got royalties from the animated version of Peter Pan that Disney did decades ago?



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b.p. olive wrote:
Just curious about this: Does this mean that the GOSH gets/got royalties from the animated version of Peter Pan that Disney did decades ago?

Yes, it sure does.


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Excellent! Thank you theresa! For both the history, which I found interesting, and the clarification on the Disney movie royalties. :goodvibes: For some reason, it makes me smile.



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Just thought I'd post this link from The Guardian about the impending loss of copyright to all of Peter Pan's productions to Great Ormand Street, seems anything produced in the UK is safe but further afield its not


http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2007/dec/28/gtormondst?gusrc=rss&feed=11


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Interesting. I hope the Disney Peter Pan DVD I just bought will be counted before the expiration. And, if it does, I'm glad I bought it now, and didn't wait any longer.

Thanks Gilbert's Girl. :cool:



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