Ed Sullivan Clip In 'Jersey Boys' Is Fair Use: 9th Circ.

Law360, Los Angeles (March 11, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday declined to revive claims by the owner of rights to “The Ed Sullivan Show” that the producers of “Jersey Boys” infringed copyrights by using a seven-second clip of Sullivan in the Broadway musical, finding the clip to be protected fair use.

The decision affirms a lower judge's decision that the play's use of the clip, which included Sullivan introducing pop group the Four Seasons, was “transformative” because it served as a historical reference point in “Jersey Boys,” which tells the rags-to-riches...
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