No. 140.

283 U.S. 202 (1931)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided April 13, 1931.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mr. Charles M. Blackmar, with whom Mr. Kenneth E. Midgley was on the brief, for Jewell-LaSalle Realty Company.

Mr. Thomas G. Haight, with whom Messrs. Nathan Burkan, Louis D. Frohlich, E.S. Hartman, and Maurice J. O'Sullivan were on the brief, for Buck et al.

MR. JUSTICE BRANDEIS delivered the opinion of the Court.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and one of its members sued the Jewell-LaSalle Realty Company in the federal court for Western Missouri for an unauthorized orchestral performance of a musical composition for which they held the exclusive non-dramatic performing rights. The infringement was proved, but there was no showing of actual damages. The defendant contended that the plaintiffs...

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