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Co-counsel in successful "fair use" defense of Ed Sullivan Show TV clip in "Jersey Boys" play (2013)

March 11, 2013

In Sofa Entertainment, Inc. v. Dodger Productions, Inc., 782 F.Supp.2d 898 (C.D. Cal. 2010), aff'd 709 F.3d 1273 (9th Cir. 2013), LP&S, along with co-counsel, obtained summary judgment, based on a finding of fair use, for producer of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement as to the musical's use of a clip from the Ed Sullivan TV show.  The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment and the award of attorney fees and costs on March 11, 2013.