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www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-overturns-jurys-verdict-jersey-boys-is-a-copyright-infringement-1013558

Jun 14, 2017 ... The lawsuit was brought by Donna Corbello, the widow of Rex Woodard, who assisted Four Seasons member Tommy DeVito in an autobiography. The book was based on interviews, newspaper articles, Freedom of Information Act requests and more, but was never published in Woodard's lifetime. In the ...

www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/jury-finds-jersey-boys-creators-liable-copyright-infringment-951024

Nov 29, 2016 ... ... DeVito engaged journalist Rex Woodward to help him write a non-fiction account of the group's more scandalous, even criminal, history. Woodward died before the book was ever published. When his widow, Donna Corbello, learned about the play and its connection to her late husband's work, she sued.

www.forbes.com/sites/marchershberg/2016/11/29/jury-reaches-verdict-in-jersey-boys-copyright-case

Nov 29, 2016 ... After Jersey Boys won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2006, his widow, Donna Corbello, surmised that there might be more interest in a book about the Four Seasons. She hired some lawyers to handle the copyright matters, and was surprised to learn that Woodard did not own a copyright in the book.

www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/11/the_four_seasons_jersey_boys_copyright_lawsuit_tom.html

Nov 29, 2016 ... The jury has not yet fixed on damages, but it did determine that 10 percent of the show's success could be attributed to the 1980s manuscript "Tommy DeVito -- Then and Now" -- which means plaintiff Donna Corbello could be entitled to millions of dollars. "Jersey Boys," which closes on Broadway in January ...

cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/02/10/12-16733.pdf

Feb 10, 2015 ... Plaintiff Donna Corbello is the heir of Rex Woodard, ghostwriter of an unpublished autobiography of Thomas. DeVito, a former member of the band the “Four Seasons.” In. 1999 DeVito and another former band member, Nicholas. Macioci, executed an agreement granting two of their former bandmates ...

www.copyright.gov/fair-use/summaries/corbello-devito-no.2-08-cv-00867-2017.pdf

Jun 14, 2017 ... Plaintiff, Donna Corbello, is the widow and heir of Rex Woodward, the writer of a biography about Defendant Thomas DeVito, a founding member of the band The Four Seasons. In. 1988, Woodward and DeVito agreed they would be co-authors of DeVito's “authorized biography,” sharing equally in the ...

www.wsj.com/articles/jersey-boys-musical-found-liable-for-copyright-infringement-1480551104

Nov 30, 2016 ... The autobiography in question was ghostwritten by the late Rex Woodard, whose widow Donna Corbello had attempted to publish the book after “Jersey Boys” opened as a hit in 2005. Ms. Corbello's attorneys didn't return requests for comment. Initially, Ms. Corbello sued Mr. DeVito when she discovered ...

www.playbill.com/article/judge-overturns-verdict-in-jersey-boys-copyright-infringement-case

Jun 15, 2017 ... Woodard's widow, Donna Corbello, brought the case and had originally said 30 percent of the show's success was owed to her late husband's book. Jurors determined that 10 percent of the show's success was attributable to material director Des McAnuff and writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice drew ...

www.law360.com/articles/864077/frankie-valli-beats-jersey-boys-copyright-suit

Nov 17, 2016 ... Donna Corbello, the widow of a ghostwriter who penned an autobiography on Four Seasons member Tommy DeVito, had accused the entities tied to Jersey Boys of lifting the story from her husband's manuscript, saying the right to create the musical resided exclusively with the copyright holders of that ...