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New Works Now In The Public Domain By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, Virginia Woolf, and More

January 1, 2021 was Public Domain day. On that historic date, many new titles entered the public domain, including works by literary luminaries that had all been copyrighted in 1925; that copyright has now expired. The works in question include F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time, Franz Kafka’s The Trial, and Alain Locke's The New Negro, which features essays by Zora Neal Hurston...
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DG Legislative Policy Agenda

The Dramatists Guild of America is a national trade association of playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists. As such, the Guild is an advocate on behalf of its members on the issues related to their careers as dramatists and, more specifically, in their role as authors of original works of copyrightable expression, created as independent contractors in a free society. The Guild, however, is a non-partisan organization and does not support or make contributions...
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Copyright Advocacy: Between Never & Forever

The year 2019 was a windfall for dramatists skilled at adapting works, as a large number of classics finally enter the public domain. Some of you may want to adapt works from other genres, e.g., Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, or Agatha Christie’s The Murder on Roger Ackroyd. Others may choose to adapt by simply updating something like George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan with contemporary edifice.  ...
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Major Copyright Victory for Dramatists with Court Ruling on "Jersey Boys" Lawsuit

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, as depicted in ...
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A Message On Copyright From DG President Doug Wright

The Guild continues to protect copyright, so artists can be masters of the material they create. Often, the Guild is working on  your behalf behind closed doors, in ways you might not be aware. Defending your copyright is one of our core principles, and it has never been more important than in the current climate, when in both corporate and academic interests are deriding the essential nature of copyright. Eliminating it as a...
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Dramatists Guild Launches Link To Sink Piracy

Copyright: the right to make copies. Someone has it. Everyone else doesn’t. It seems so easy to understand and is, for those of us who create and own intellectual property. But the concept has always been a slippery one when we try to explain it to “everyone else.”      Jason Robert Brown once posted a dialogue he had on his...