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United States Second Circuit

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. Steinbeck, 06-3226, 06-3696

In an action under the Copyright Act, summary judgment for defendants, on the grounds that a notice purporting to terminate a 1938 agreement granting licenses for publications of certain Steinbeck works was valid, is reversed where: 1) a subsequent agreement entered into in 1994 terminated and superseded the 1938 agreement; 2) the notice of termination was therefore invalid; and 3) the 1994 agreement remains in effect.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/13/2008
  • Published 08/13/2008


  • SACK, Circuit Judge:, Before:  SACK, KATZMANN, and RAGGI, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Second Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Richard Dannay, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C. (Thomas Kjellberg, of counsel), New York, NY, for Plaintiff-Appellant Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Susan J. Kohlmann, Jenner & Block LLP (Carolina A. Fornos, of counsel), New York, NY, for Plaintiffs-Appellants Kaffaga et al.

  • For Appellees:
  • Mark S. Lee, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP (Benjamin G. Shatz and Alon G. Markowitz, of counsel), Los Angeles, CA, for Defendants-Appellees.
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