Articles and Statements
Article: FROM THE DESK OF THE DRAMATISTS LEGAL DEFENSE FUND - 2015
In the July/August issue of the Dramatists Guild’s publication John Cariani wrote about his experience with the almost cancelled production of Almost, Maine in Maiden, NC.
In October of 2014, school officials at Maiden High School in Maiden, North Carolina canceled a production of my play Almost, Maine citing its “sexually explicit overtones” as the reason for pulling the plug. However, according to local media reports, many students felt that the real reason was because of public outcry over a scene in the play called “They Fell” in which two men declare their love for one another. Within days, the school’s decision drew national attention and ire. Several major media outlets contacted me for comment, and Playbill.com asked me for a statement. I am not particularly political. I am not an activist. Almost, Maine is not a political play. It’s a sweet, sad collection of love stories. It’s about as unobjectionable as can be. And yet it has generated a surprising amount of controversy over the past few years because of “They Fell.” To read the rest of the article CLICK HERE
Statement: Dramatists Legal Defense Fund Congratulates Playwright David Adjmi on Fair Use Win - 2015
The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund congratulates playwright David Adjmi and his attorneys for their victory in the “fair use” suit against DLT entertainment, the producers of the TV series Three’s Company. DLT claimed that Adjmi’s play, 3C, was an infringement of their copyrights, but Mr. Adjmi was granted a declaratory judgment on the pleadings by Chief U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska, in the Southern District of New York.
The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (DLDF) filed an amicus curiae brief in the Southern District of New York Court case Adjmi v. DLT Entertainment LTD. in support of Adjmi’s claim that his Off-Broadway production of “3C” was a fair use and a parody of the popular television show “Three’s Company”.
Earlier this year Mr. Adjmi filed a suit to receive affirmation that his play did not infringe upon DLT Entertainment’s copyright. DLT Entertainment filed a counterclaim of copyright infringement. Representatives for the Plaintiff contacted the DLDF to write an amicus brief in support of fair use and parody. Click here to read the amicus brief.
Statement: Arthur Miller Centennial: Attention Must Be Paid - 2014
The Dramatists Guild of America, the national association of playwrights, librettists, composers and lyricists, is proud to support the drive to have Arthur Miller honored with a United States Postage Stamp on the 100th Anniversary of Arthur Miller's birth, October 15, 2015… The Guild also urges its members to support the effort and encourage theatres, artistic directors, performers, designers, technicians and all the artists who work in the theatres around the country to help this remarkable American writer be properly honored for his life's work.
In a letter sent to Maiden High School and Catawba County Schools Board of
Education in North Carolina today, the National Coalition Against Censorship
(NCAC), the American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression, the American
Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, the Dramatists
Legal Defense Fund, the National Council of Teachers of English, and PEN
American Center urged the school to reinstate a scheduled January 2015
production of John Cariani's Almost, Maine. The letter also encouraged the
school to institute a sound, thorough process for considering community
complaints about dramatic productions in the future.
As national and international organizations committed to the
right to artistic freedom of expression and an open exchange of ideas, we are
deeply concerned about the Metropolitan Opera’s cancellation of more than 2000
HD live screenings of John Adams’ opera, The Death of
Klinghoffer, in 65
The Dramatists Guild's “State of censorship” statement, published by
the National Coalition Against Censorship.
The Dramatists Guild responds to the proposed cancellation of a
student production of RENT. The DLDF presents the
first ever DLDF Defender Award to Larissa Mark, a high school senior
from Trumbull, CT who successfully organized her community in opposition to her
school’s sudden cancellation of their production
of Rent, ultimately forcing the production’s
reinstatement. This new award from the DLDF honors Ms. Mark’s work in support
of free expression in the dramatic arts.
Statement by the Dramatists Guild of America to the House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
for the Hearing on Innovation in America: The Role of Copyrights
The DLDF joined the Dramatists Guild and other writer organizations to
support the Author’s Guild in their class action suit against GOOGLE to prevent
the wholesale copyright infringement of entire libraries of works.
Censorship issues on the community level are plentiful, and the Guild
has been active over the years in writing in opposition when it
'Of words and Deeds' - By Ralph
'The Dramatists Guild and Free Speech Issues'
The Guild joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in an
amicus brief supporting TCG’s challenge of the anti-smoking laws in Colorado
which had no exemption for theatrical productions.
'Where's the Smoke' - By Ralph Sevush
The Guild supported the estate of the late Jonathan Larson (a
non-member) in its defense of litigation brought by a dramaturg claiming
co-authorship of the musical, RENT. The Guild authored amicus briefs on both
the trial and appellate level.
'How to Avoid Rent Control' - By
Christopher Wilson and Ralph Sevush
'Working Together' - By Ralph
'The Urinetown Papers' - By Ralph
The Guild supported its member in a litigation over the concept of
“director’s copyright”; Ralph Sevush also offered expert testimony in
in Court' - By Rebecca A. Frank
'Mergatroyd' - By Nancy McClernan
'Roundtable on Director’s
Copyright' -By D. Auburn, D. Ives, M. Norman and Ralph
Director-Dramatist Relationship' - Seminar with John Weidman,
Johnathan Reynolds and Ralph Sevush
at the Gates I' - By Richard Garmise
at the Gates II' -By Richard Garmise
Copyright for Directors' - By John Weidman
Quests' - By Ralph Sevush, Esq.
Court to Decide: Was Bono a Boner?' - By Amy Schlossberg and Ralph
Endowment for the Arts vs. Finley' - By Ralph Sevush,