Celebrated composer Ennio Morricone has won the rights to six scores he composed for six Italian films in the 1970s and 1980s, a Manhattan-based federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, reversing a previous ruling by a Southern District judge.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the 90-year-old Oscar-winning composer, who is best known for his scores to films such as “The Mission,” “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly,” and “The Hateful 8,” was allowed to escape an agreement with Italian music publisher Bixio Music Group under a U.S. law that allows copyright assignments to be terminated after 35 years.

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