Los Angeles authors have several exclusive rights to the works they create including rights to copy, distribute and make derivatives. Intellectual property protection also gives authors the flexibility to sell, buy, gift or license the use of a copyright. Rules applicable to author collaborations are being tested in a federal case over the origins of the book that spawned the Broadway musical and 2014 film "Jersey Boys."
A widow claims her husband was the co-author of an unpublished book about members of the Four Seasons, the inspiration for "Jersey Boys." The late attorney was also a freelance writer who chronicled the group's history. Thomas Gaetano DeVito, an original member of the band and the named defendant, contacted the writer.