Legal Lessons From 'Jersey Boys' Copyright Infringement Case | Stacy Slotnick

February 19, 2015 7:27 PM

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Legal Lessons From 'Jersey Boys' Copyright Infringement Case | Stacy Slotnick

I first saw the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys in mid-July 06' -- not late December, back in 63'. Memorable songs like "My Eyes Adored You" and "Cry For Me" punctuated the storyline surrounding the crackerjack successes of four young men (Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi) singing under a street light in Belleville, New Jersey. A tale about blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks becoming one of the biggest pop music sensations of all time is a plot that just writes itself -- or does it?

Today I view Jersey Boys through a Kafkaesque legal lens. In 2011, Donna Corbello filed a copyright infringement action alleging that the musical was based in part on an unpublished autobiography about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons that her late husband, Rex Woodard, ghostwrote. Back in 1988, W...

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