February 05, 2020 Decisions in Brief

Decisions in Brief

John C. Gatz

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Works Made for Hire

Ennio Morricone Music Inc. v. Bixio Music Group Ltd., 936 F.3d 69, 2019 U.S.P.Q.2d 311693 (2d Cir. 2019). In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Edizioni Musicali Bixio, an Italian music publisher, entered into written agreements with the composer Ennio Morricone to compose scores for six Italian films. The agreements required Morricone to compose the original musical score of the film, musically arrange the music, and conduct the orchestra that would play the film’s musical score. Morricone received a one-time upfront payment and limited ongoing royalties as consideration for his work.

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