Playwright Says 'Three's Company' Satire Is Fair Use

Law360, New York (January 31, 2014, 5:08 PM EST) -- A New York City playwright lodged a preemptive lawsuit Thursday to prove that his off-Broadway show satirizing 1970s sitcom "Three's Company" counted as legal fair use.

Claiming threats of legal action from current "Three's Company" owner DLT Entertainment Ltd., David Adjmi asked a New York federal court for declaratory judgment that his "3C" — which he admitted "employs elements of the iconic television series" — was a dark, critical commentary on the show, not a substitute for or copy of it.

One of the central premises of "Three's Company" was a man pretending to be gay to appease a nosy landlord...

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