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ABKCO Music, Inc. v. Stellar Records, Inc., 96 F.3d 60 (1996) p.503




Had a license for the music and used it for karoke. Simultaniously show the words on a screen.


Whether the display of the words on the screen was covered by the compulsory license.


The use of the words of a song and the music was not covered by the compulsory licensing act.


Compulsory license statute limited to use of phonorecords. Here there was an audio visual work (since both on screen and sound). Compulsory licensing statute does not cover audio visual work so therefore this constituted an infringement. It was an infringement on reproduction.

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