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Major Copyright Victory for Dramatists
The Dramatists Guild offers congratulations to its members, Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman, as well as their Jersey Boys co-authors, Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, on their victory in the copyright case of Corbello v. Valli et al. The writers’ defense team was led with great expertise by David S. Korzenik, Esq., in a legal battle fought in the courts for over 13 grueling years.
The Guild is proud that The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund participated in this case, by submitting an Amicus Brief (authored by Guild and DLDF attorney David Faux, with support from General Counsel Ralph Sevush), arguing that Corbello’s claims were barred by the principle of Copyright Estoppel, among other defenses.
New Contract! Digital Rights Agreement
Our new contract will enable you to grant a non-profit producer the exclusive right to present live streamed productions. If you have already entered into a stage production agreement, and wish to either replace it or extend it to include live streaming rights, please use our Live Stream Addendum instead.
If you also wish to license live stage production rights, along with your digital rights, you can negotiate terms using the DG form of live production agreement that is applicable to your circumstances, and attach it to this agreement as an exhibit. If you have a publisher and/or agent who is the exclusive representative for your stock and amateur rights, you will need to check with them to see if they have a “digital rights” rider that will enable them to license your live streaming rights along with (or instead of) your live production rights. If they have submitted such a rider, we are available to review it with you.
Three Copyright Advocacy Webinars starting Sept 21!
September is Copyright Advocacy Month at the Dramatists Guild. Because copyright is not a passive act, we want to empower our members to learn what copyright means, how it benefits theatrical writers, and what you can do to protect your copyright. Sign up for a Copyright Webinar today!
Webinar 1: Wait! That's Not What I Wrote! on Monday, September 21 at 2pm EDT
Script approval is a basic authorial right that originates from copyright law.
This right ensures that no changes are made to an author’s work without their prior written consent. But what happens when this basic right is violated? What happens when changes are made without the author’s permission, or despite the author’s wishes?
Join DG Copyright Management Inc. (DGCM) for a discussion between authors Amanda Green (Hands On A Hardbody, Bring It On, High Fidelity) and Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Hands on A Hard Body, War Paint), with special guest moderator, attorney and writer Cheryl Davis ("As the World Turns," The Color of Justice).
Webinar 2: Copyright Questions with Catherine Rowland from The U.S. Copyright Office on Friday, September 25 at 2pm EDT
Back by popular demand! Catherine Rowland of the United States Copyright Office will join us for another Business Affairs webinar.
Along with DG Staff Amy VonMacek and Tari Stratton, Catherine will answer any and all questions about copyright registration. We encourage you to submit your questions ahead of time, if possible, though we will also take some questions live during the webinar.
Webinar 3: Music Copyright 101 with Sean Patrick Flahaven from Concord Theatricals on Wednesday, September 30 at 2pm EDT
The copyright in a song has a life off-stage. As a songwriter, it is your responsibility to understand the different ways in which songs are used, so that you can best exploit your work and collect royalties.
Join DG Copyright Management Inc. (DGCM) for a discussion between DG's Deborah Murad, Esq. and Concord Music's Sean Patrick Flahaven. In this panel addressing the basics of managing a copyright in music, you'll learn about the various licenses and relevant organizations, so that you can feel empowered to navigate this often confusing arena for yourself.
SEPTEMBER IS COPYRIGHT ADVOCACY MONTH
For 30 days, DG will share tips on what exactly copyright means, how it benefits theatrical writers, and what you can do to protect your copyright. See what we've shared with members so far.
ARTICLE: Playwrights and Copyright by Doug Wright
VIDEO: Mindi Dickstein Talks About Copyright
MUSIC VIDEO: Someone Wrote That Song Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Craig Carnelia
VIDEO: #DGuknow: Copyright 101 for Dramatists
WEBINAR: ASK BA: Fair Use
WEBINAR: ASK BA: The Real Person in Your Play
DEEP DIVE: The Basics of Copyright
WEBINAR: ASK BA: International Copyright and Licensing
ARTICLE: Six Comments on Streaming During the Coronavirus
VIDEO: Brian Lowdermilk Talks About Copyright
ARTICLE: The Urinetown Papers: The U.S. Copyright Office Debunks the Notion of a "Director's Copyright"
ARTICLE: A Statutory Rebuff to the Idea of a Director's Copyright
ARTICLE: Anti-Piracy Forms for Auditions and Rehearsals
ARTICLE: The WGA Script Registry Is No Substitute for Copyright Registration
ARTICLE: The Varied Copyrights of Theatre
ARTICLE: Childress v. Taylor
LEARN MORE ABOUT COPYRIGHT ADVOCACY
#ArtsHero Town Hall for Guild Members
NYC ONLINE Write Now!
ONLINE: How the Run A Crowdfunding Campaign (Writer's Guild of Great Britain)
BALTIMORE ONLINE DG Footlights™ feat. The Search by Kevin Kostic
NYC ONLINE: Write Now!
COPYRIGHT ADVOCACY MONTH Wait That's Not What I Wrote!
Deaf Theatre Artists Roundtable
FLORIDA ONLINE A HIT! How Does It Happen? Success in Submitting
NYC ONLINE: Write Now!
BALTIMORE ONLINE DG Footlights™ feat. The North Wing by Sara Cosgrove
COPYRIGHT ADVOCACY MONTH: Copyright Questions with Catherine Rowland from The U.S. Copyright Office
FLORIDA ONLINE: Dramatist Cocktail Hour
NYC ONLINE: Friday Night Footlights® feat. The Cost of Conquest by Amanda DeLalla
NYC ONLINE: Write Now!
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ONLINE: DG Footlights feat. New Short and Short Short Plays by Linda Ayres-Frederick, and Scenes from Your Daughters, Too by Celina Reynes
NEW ENGLAND WEST ONLINE: Virtual Writing Group
COPYRIGHT ADVOCACY MONTH: Music Copyright 101 with Sean Patrick Flahaven from Concord Theatricals
NYC ONLINE: Write Now!
Banned Together: Facing Censorship: Personal Experiences on Being Banned
Banned Together: Unknown Legacies: Black Playwrights in America
#ArtsHero Town Hall Wednesday, September 16 at 1pm EDT
Join us for a conversation with Matthew-Lee Erlbach, in which he'll discuss how he helped draft an Open Call Letter to the 116th U.S. Congress to ask for an extension to the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program (FPUC), and a 100 percent subsidy for the COBRA, with eligibility extended to 36 months.
New Articles on The Dramatist Blog
Ambassador Report: Central Pennsylvania by Cindy Dlugolecki
The WGA Script Registry Is No Substitute For Copyright Registration by Larry Zerner
Ambassador Report: Queens, NY by Kathleen Warnock
OP/ED: Writing My America by Christine Toy Johnson
New York City 2019/20 Season in Review by Winter Miller
Eastern New England 2019/20 Season in Review by Patrick Gabridge
Western New England 2019/20 Season in Review by Emma Palzere-Rae
New York State 2019/20 Season in Review by Donna Hoke
Copyright Advocacy Month: Playwrights and Copyright by Doug Wright
New Jersey 2019/20 Season in Review by Stephen Kaplan
DGF Emergency Grants
For over 50 years, DGF has administered Emergency Grants that provide financial aid to writers in serious need. These grant are available to playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters at all stages of their careers.
Share Your Live Stream Productions!
We are rebuilding this newsletter feature to better promote member productions. To view a list of upcoming live streams, please use the button below. Members are now able to submit their live stream readings and productions to our new Productions webpage.
RESOURCE DIRECTORY: SUBMISSION DEADLINES
September 18: Princeton Arts Fellowship
September 18: Creative Support for Individuals Grant Program
September 20: EarthQuake
September 21: Irons in the Firem
September 22: BAC Artivism Fellowship
September 24: Jonathan Larson Grants
September 25: The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers
September 25: Theater Viscera
September 26: LSF Science Commission
September 30: City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest
September 30: Eight 10s in Tuscon Ten-Minute Play Festival
October 01: Carmago Core Program Residency
October 01: EdTA International Thespian Festival for Young Dramatists
October 01: Musical Theatre Writers Lab
October 01: Adirondack Theatre Festival
October 02: Millay Colony for the Arts
October 02: Carmargo Core Program Residency
October 04: Women's Work Project
October 09: The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Residency
October 09: So Queer Play Festival
October 10: Playwrights First
October 15: ShowOff! Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival
October 16: Bay Area Playwrights Festival
SHIPPING IN SEPTEMBER
Call and Response Sep/Oct 2020
The September/October 2020 issue takes a look at some dramatist-led resources, initiatives, and actions to which they have been called to respond.