546 F.2d 461 (2nd Cir. 1976), 126, Rosette v. Rainbo Record Mfg. Corp.

Docket Nº:126, 209, Dockets 75-7152, 75-7171.
Citation:546 F.2d 461
Party Name:192 U.S.P.Q. 673 Marion ROSETTE, Plaintiff-Appellee-Cross-Appellant, v. RAINBO RECORD MANUFACTURING CORPORATION et al., Defendants-Appellants-Cross-Appellees.
Case Date:November 11, 1976
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
 
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546 F.2d 461 (2nd Cir. 1976)

192 U.S.P.Q. 673

Marion ROSETTE, Plaintiff-Appellee-Cross-Appellant,

v.

RAINBO RECORD MANUFACTURING CORPORATION et al.,

Defendants-Appellants-Cross-Appellees.

Nos. 126, 209, Dockets 75-7152, 75-7171.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

November 11, 1976

Submitted Nov. 24, 1975.

Page 462

Jerold L. Couture, Leonard Zissu, James W. Mosher, and Zissu, Marcus, Stein & Couture, New York City, for plaintiff-appellee-cross-appellant.

Walter Hofer and Milton I. Rothman, New York City, for defendants-appellants-cross-appellees.

Before MOORE and TIMBERS, Circuit Judges, and COFFRIN, District Judge. [*]

PER CURIAM:

These are cross-appeals from a final judgment entered February 7, 1975 in the Southern District of New York, Henry F. Werker, District Judge, which awarded plaintiff $14,300 damages and other relief in a copyright action involving children's songs. The final judgment incorporated the findings of fact and conclusions of law set forth in the prior opinion of Murray I. Gurfein, then District Judge, 354 F.Supp. 1183 (S.D.N.Y.1973), in support of an interlocutory judgment entered April 12, 1973 after a two day bench trial. The interlocutory judgment determined that defendants Rainbo Record Manufacturing Corporation (Rainbo) and Jack Brown in their manufacture and sale of records had infringed plaintiff's copyrights. A Special Master was appointed to render an accounting as to the amount of damages plaintiff had sustained. The Special Master's Report dated May 22, 1974 was confirmed by Judge Gurfein.

The central issue is whether commercial distribution of phonograph records of musical compositions under the circumstances of this case constituted publication of their scores within the meaning of publication in the law of copyright protection. 1

The action was commenced November 15, 1966. The jurisdiction of the district court was invoked under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 1 et seq. (1970), as amended (Supp. IV, 1974), and its jurisdictional implementation, 28 U.S.C. § 1338(b)(1970).

Plaintiff Marion Rosette alleged that defendants had infringed her statutory and common law copyrights by manufacturing and selling records containing 33 of her compositions. She sought injunctive relief, damages and attorneys' fees.

Defendants denied any copyright infringement. They also alleged...

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