September 3, 2009

Royalties for "Sold" CDs

U.S. Philips Corp. v. EMI Music, Inc., __AD3d__; 883 NYS2d 584; 2009 NY Slip Op 06135; NYLJ, 08/10/09, p. 31, col. 2 (2nd Dep't 2009), affirming order which granted plaintiff's motion for summary judgment on the issue of liability with respect to claim seeking payment of royalties for compact discs that were sold but later returned by defendant's customers.
"Contrary to the defendants' contention, the Supreme Court properly found that the language of the parties' license agreement was clear and unambiguous as to the payment by the defendants of certain royalties for compact discs that were "sold," even if the compact discs were later returned by the defendants' customers. In this regard, the subject agreement provided that the defendants would be responsible for paying royalties to the plaintiff for compact discs 'made, used, sold or otherwise disposed of" by the defendants. The agreement further provided that a product "shall be considered sold when invoiced, or if not invoiced, when delivered to a party other than the manufacturer.'"