Martha Graham Sch. amp; Dance Found., Inc. v. Martha Graham Ctr. of Contemporary Dance, Inc., 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 20904
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
January 29, 2004, Argued ; August 18, 2004, Decided ; October 5, 2004, Errata Filed
Docket Nos. 02-9451(L), 03-7020(CON)
2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 20904ensp;* | 72 U.S.P.Q.2D (BNA) 1143ensp;**
MARTHA GRAHAM SCHOOL AND DANCE FOUNDATION, INC., Plaintiff-Counterclaim-Defendant-Appellant, RONALD PROTAS, individually and as Trustee of the Martha Graham Trust, Plaintiff-Counterclaim-Defendant-Appellant, v. MARTHA GRAHAM CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE, INC., and MARTHA GRAHAM SCHOOL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE, INC., Defendants-Counter-Claimants-Appellees, ELIOT L. SPITZER, Attorney General of the State of New York, Intervenor-Defendant-Appellee.
As Amended October 5, 2004. As Amended October 14, 2004.
ensp;[*1]ensp; Appeal from the November 4, 2002, judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, District Judge), substantially rejecting the Plaintiffs#39; claims of ownership of copyrights in dancescreated by Martha Graham and of other properties.
Affirmed in part, reversed in part, vacated in part, and remanded.
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Counsel: Judd Burstein, New York, N.Y. (David Nimmer, Alison Hajdusiewicz, Irell amp; Manella, LLP, Los Angeles, Cal., on the brief), for Plaintiffs-Counterclaim-Defendants-Appellants.
Katherine B. Forrest, New York, N.Y., (Joanne M. Gentile, Cravath, Swaine amp; Moore LLP, New York, N.Y., on the brief), for Defendants-Counter-Claimants-Appellees.
ensp;[*2]ensp; Barbara L. Quint, Asst. Atty. Gen., New York, N.Y. (