Established in 2012, MusicFirst is the Digital Education Division of the Music Sales Corporation. It is based in the New York office under the leadership of Dr Jim Frankel and offers teachers and students a cloud-based collaborative music education environment that enables learning, creation, assessment, sharing, and exploration on any device at any time. Still rapidly evolving, MusicFirst is already the clear market leader in its field.
Plaintiffs Range Road Music, Inc. ("Range Road"), Jerry Leiber ("Leiber") and Mike Stoller ("Stoller") bring this action against Music Sales Corporation ("MSC") asserting claims for copyright infringement, and against Josephine Van Heusen ("Josephine") and Marshall Gelfand ("Gelfand") for authorization of copyright infringement and for breach of contract. MSC moves for summary judgment solely on the ground that plaintiffs cannot establish ownership of the copyrights at issue. Plaintiffs cross-move for summary judgment based upon the alleged ownership of the copyright extended renewal terms for two songs composed by Josephine Van Heusen's late husband. For the reasons set forth below, MSC's motion for summary judgment is denied and plaintiffs' cross-motion is denied.
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Music Sales Corp. / G. Schirmer Inc. (Music Sales) is a leading independent music publisher with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo, Copenhagen, and Sydney. Home to a vast catalog spanning both pop and classical music, Music Sales functions as a full service music publisher and copyright administrator with a focus on promoting and exploiting their copyrights.