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Court Overturns Jury’s ‘Jersey Boys’ Infringement Verdict

June 15, 2017, 4:51 PM

A federal court, overturning a jury verdict on copyright infringement June 14, said any copying blockbuster Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” did of an unpublished autobiography was fair use (Corbello v. DeVito, D. Nev., 2:08-cv-00867-RCJ-PAL, 6/13/17).

The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada called the hit musical about the popular 1960s band the Four Seasons “highly transformative.”

The court went through the alleged points of comparison and found that less than one quarter of a percent of the words in the play might have been copied from an unpublished autobiography of former band member Thomas DeVito.

Any ...