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Arguments set in NY suit over ‘Spider-Man’ musical

- Associated Press - Friday, June 1, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York judge is set to hear arguments over what a jury can decide in a civil trial stemming from the Broadway production of "Spider-Man."

Judge Katherine Forrest must decide whether to dismiss fired director Julie Taymor's claims that her copyright on a three-page script treatment for the musical was violated. She also will decide the fate of counterclaims brought against Taymor by the show's producers. A hearing is set for Friday.

Taymor was fired in 2011 as the $75 million production sputtered to get off the ground despite three months of preview performances. The musical was rewritten and it successfully reopened. Taymor sued the producers in November and they countersued. In court papers, the producers say Taymor's treatment was based on pre-existing "Spider-Man" comics and films.

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