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“Someone Wrote That Song”

In 2013, the Anti-Piracy Committee created an exciting music video, “Someone Wrote That Song,” with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Craig Carnelia.

The goal of the video is to inform the fans who are participating in the cultural trend of unlicensed downloads and fileshares that their behavior is robbing the artists they love of their ability to make a living from their work, and that their theft is not an abstraction. . . in fact, someone wrote that song. Ironically, we urge everyone to steal it…play it, pass it around, tweet it, text it. Get the message out!

Special thanks to The Dramatists Guild Foundation for use of footage from The Legacy Project.

Additional Resources

Click the links below for more information on how to combat piracy in the world of theater.

Guild Launches Link to Sink Piracy

Music Publishers Association: Copyright FAQ

Samuel French: Owning Their Words

 Anti-Piracy Blast

In April of 2014, the committee held its first Anti-Piracy Blast to raise awareness of digital sheet music piracy. During the event, both established and up-and-coming musical theatre writers contacted users on sites that facilitate the illegal sharing and trading of sheet music to urge them to stop engaging in the practice.

Anti-Piracy Agreements

Under the Copyright Act, authors have the right to keep their work confidential during the various stages of completion. In order to prevent potential misuse of audition and rehearsal materials, we have developed two Anti-Piracy Agreements for authors, producers, or other theater professionals to distribute. Please click the links below to download and print the agreements for your own use.



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