“Stay As You Are,” “A Dangerous Toy” and “Fun Is Beautiful” may not be the first movies that come to mind when you think of Ennio Morricone, but they’ve been on his mind. The composer’s company has filed suit in New York to reclaim the copyright on those three film scores under the rules of the 1976 Copyright Act, which gives authors and theirs the option to cancel a grant 35 years after the work in question is first published.
Similar claims have recently been filed in regards to “This Is Spinal Tap” and the original “Friday the 13th,” both of which are likewise eligible under the 35-year rule. “Morricone Music upon receipt of the assignments from the Composer attempted to register its claims to all royalties collected from the public performance of the film scores ‘Cosi Come Se,’ ‘Il Giocattolo’ and ‘Un Sacco Bello’ in the United States,” reads one section of the lawsuit.
Morricone is best known for his work on such films as “Once Upon a Time in the West,” “Days of Heaven” and “Cinema Paradiso,” among many, many others. Earlier this year he won a competitive Academy Award — his first — for scoring Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.”