• Court finds that use of unpublished Tommy DeVito bio in ‘Jersey Boys’ musical is fair use

    In mid-June, this case was overturned on appeal after a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada (D. Nev.), entered a finding of judgement as a matter of law in favor of defendant DeVito’s fair use defense. As the judge noted, at most 145 creative words from the biography, constituting about 0.2 percent of the 68,500 words comprising that work, was the plaintiff’s basis for copyright infringement. “This factor strongly weighs in favor of a finding of fair use, at…

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