SHOW BUSINESS: Striking the Jolly Roger

When Columbia Records Inc. reissued some of its early Louis Armstrong recordings it ran into plenty of competition: some of the same records were already being sold by an obscure company called Paradox Industries, under the label "Jolly Roger." This pirate trademark was well justified, Columbia and Armstrong charged last week in a joint suit seeking to stop Paradox from selling the records and to collect damages. Paradox, they charged, had simply taken the old Columbia Armstrong records and pressed its own new ones from them.

To Columbia it was a clear-cut chance to make a court test of...

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