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Advance Music Corp. v. American Tobacco Co.
New York Court of Appeals
70 N.E.2d 401 (1946)
Advance Music Corporation (Advance) (plaintiff) was a musical-composition publishing company that sold sheet music. Advance spent a lot of money on advertising to assure that its music was among the most popular music to the public. American Tobacco Company (American) (defendant) hosted a popular weekly radio show during which it played the top 10 songs of the week based on popularity with the public. The show had millions of listeners. American regularly passed over Advance’s songs even though Advance regularly had the top songs of the week. Advance brought suit against American. American moved to dismiss the complaint for insufficient claims.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Loughran, C.J.)
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