The London High Court is expected to rule on who owns the U.K. copyrights to 44 musical works by the late British composer Richard Addinsell.

LONDON--The London High Court is expected to rule on who owns the U.K. copyrights to 44 musical works by the late British composer Richard Addinsell.

London-based music publisher Novello & Co. is asking the court to rule that it owns the U.K. copyrights to Addinsell's works, while Keith Prowse Music Publishing Co., part of EMI Music Publishing, is contesting that claim.

At issue is Addinsell's "Warsaw Concerto" piece from the film "Dangerous Moonlight" and music from the David Lean film "Blythe Spirit."

The litigation stems from an allegedly ambiguous assignation made in 2000 by the trustees of Addinsell's estate.

Other musical works at issue are Addinsell's adaptations of some Lewis Carroll works, including "Alice in Wonderland" and "Jabberwocky Song."

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