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Before Boudin, Circuit Judge, Souter, *fn1 Associate Justice, and Selya, Circuit Judge.

Before us are cross-appeals in a decade-long copyright dispute concerning two sitcoms on Puerto Rican television. On one side is TMTV, Corp., a successor in interest to the first sitcom’s production company; on the other, the second sitcom’s production company, Mass Productions, Inc., and its principals–including the star of both shows, Emmanuel “Sunshine” Logrono. The district court granted summary judgment to TMTV on its claim charging infringement; and a jury granted it substantial damages, which the district court reduced by an amount recovered by TMTV in settlement of related litigation.

A summary of events and prior proceedings will suffice. In 1997, Antonio Mojena–an established television producer in Puerto Rico–approached two veteran entertainers–Sunshine Logrono and Iris Chacon–about co-hosting a variety show on Puerto Rican television. The show would be called De Noche con Iris y Sunshine and would begin with four two-hour episodes, continuing thereafter if it proved popular. Chacon and Logrono both agreed to participate.

 
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