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Lights. Camera. Legal Action! – Jury finds iconic ‘Jersey Boys’ musical infringes copyright

by Daniel Anthony

The creators of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys have been found liable for copyright infringement by a Nevada Federal Court jury. Jersey Boys tells the story of the formation, success and break-up of the world famous 1960s rock'n'roll group The Four Seasons. The director and writers were held to have copied substantial portions of an unpublished biography without permission when writing the script for the musical.

The Plaintiff claimed infringement in multiple jurisdictions, including the US, Canada, UK and Australia. Smart & Biggar partner, François Guay, provided an expert report on Canadian copyright law on behalf of the successful Plaintiff.

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