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Virtuosi AbroadSoviet Music and Imperial Competition during the Early Cold War, 1945-1958$
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Kiril Tomoff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453120

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453120.001.0001

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Shostakovich and The Iron Curtain

Shostakovich and The Iron Curtain

Intellectual Property and Transimperial Integration

(p.20) Chapter 1 Shostakovich and The Iron Curtain
Virtuosi Abroad

Kiril Tomoff

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the Soviet manipulation of international copyright law over an American film studio's fair use of music written by Soviet composers in an anti-Soviet film. At issue was the use of music written by Dmitry Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, and Aram Khachaturian in what American film scholars consider the first Hollywood Cold War film, William Wellman's The Iron Curtain. Soviet objections to the use of the music in the film eventually resulted in two court fights, one in New York and the other in Paris. Though the Soviet effort to stop the film screening in the United States failed, a strategic adjustment that included assigning distribution rights to a French publisher resulted in a major Soviet victory when subsequent distribution in Europe ceased.

Keywords:   international copyright law, Dmitry Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Aram Khachaturian, The Iron Curtain, Cold War film, Soviet music

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