The High Court has ruled that Keith Prowse Music Publishing Co. owns the U.K. copyrights to 44 of the late British composer Richard Addinsell's works.

LONDON--The High Court has ruled that Keith Prowse Music Publishing Co., administered by EMI Music Publishing, owns the U.K. copyrights to 44 of the late British composer Richard Addinsell's works.

Justice Patten rejected a claim last Wednesday by London-based Novello & Co. that it owns the rights in question via an assignment from the trustees of Addinsell's will in 2000.

He supported Keith Prowse's claim that a 1973 assignment transferred to it the reversionary interest in Addinsell's works after his death.

Addinsell composed scores for well-known 1940s films, including "Goodbye Mr Chips", "Fire Over England", "Tom Brown's Schooldays", "Beau Brummel" and "Dangerous Moonlight." His works included his "Warsaw Concerto" from wartime movie "Dangerous Moonlight."

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