April 2, 2015

Come and Knock On His Door (Now)--He's Been Waiting For You

A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that a young playwright did not infringe the copyright of DLT Entertainment in his work, 3C, which resembles the popular 1970s sitcom Three's Company. Judge Loretta Preska found that in spite of numerous similarities pointed out by DLT,  David Adjmi's play is a parody and a "drastic departure" from the original. It is also not a competitor in the same market as the original.  All sweet vindication for Mr. Adjmi, who has been waiting for three years (since he received a cease-and-desist letter from DLT's attorneys), to be able to pursue marketing opportunities for his work.

More here from the New York Times. Recap of the court's analysis here from Rebecca Tushnet at 43(B)log.

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