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Legal Series -- Legal Department Records -- Motion Pictures -- Case Files: Thomas A. Edison v. Sigmund Lubin
[QM018]

This folder contains material pertaining to the suit brought by Edison against Sigmund Lubin in the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The case was initiated in June 1902 and involved the alleged infringement of Edison's copyright on the film, Christening and Launching Kaiser Wilhelm's Yacht Meteor. The selected items include the bill of complaint and brief for complainant, along with correspondence regarding the case and its subsequent appeal to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and then to the U.S. Supreme Court. Also selected is the decision of the appellate court, which reversed the decision of the lower court and established that motion pictures could be protected in the same way as still photographs under the Copyright Act of 1865. The items not selected include pleadings and affidavits; correspondence among attorneys and members of Edison's staff; still photographs of the Edison film; and material prepared for later copyright litigation over Edison films such as Jack and the Bean Stalk and The Great Train Robbery.



Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.
Document Count: 12
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     06/10/1902 (223:854) White, James Henry to Hayes, Howard W
(Shattuck, Herbert A; Edison, Thomas Alva) Sales and service; Copyright [Cover Document and Attachment]
     06/00/1902 (223:855) Edison Manufacturing Co -- Bulletins
(U.S. Circuit Court. Eastern Pennsylvania; Library of Congress. Copyright Office; Lubin, Sigmund; Edison, Thomas Alva) Sales and service; Copyright; Motion pictures [Attachment/Enclosure]
     06/27/1902 (223:856) Gilmore, William Edgar to Hayes, Howard W
(White, James Henry; Lubin, Sigmund; Edison, Thomas Alva) Litigation; Copyright; Motion pictures
     06/00/1902 (223:857) Hayes, Howard W and Butler, Charles N -- Legal Statements and Testimony
     06/00/1902 (223:862) Edison, Thomas Alva v. Lubin, Sigmund -- Legal Pleadings
(Edison Manufacturing Co; Library of Congress. Copyright Office; Hayes, Howard W; Roosevelt, Theodore; Solberg, Thorvald; Smith, James Blair) Sales and service; Copyright; Motion pictures [Contains transcribed letter/cable/phone message]
     06/00/1902 (223:872) Hayes, Howard W -- Legal Statements and Testimony
(Scribner's Monthly; Muybridge, Eadweard; McKinley, William; Roosevelt, Theodore; Lubin, Sigmund; Edison, Thomas Alva) Copyright; Motion pictures [Marginalia by Edison, Thomas Alva]
     07/29/1902 (223:882) Gilmore, William Edgar to Pelzer, William
(Hayes, Howard W; Lubin, Sigmund; Edison, Thomas Alva) Competition and market structure; Copyright; Motion pictures
     04/21/1903 (223:883) Hayes, Howard W to Edison, Thomas Alva
(Lubin, Sigmund; Buffington, Joseph) Litigation; Copyright; Motion pictures [Contains transcribed letter/cable/phone message]
     04/30/1903 (223:884) Gilmore, William Edgar to Hayes, Howard W
(Lubin, Sigmund; Butler, Charles N) Competition and market structure; Sales and service; Litigation [Cover Document and Attachment]
     04/21/1903 (223:885) Buffington, Joseph -- Legal Decisions, Opinions, and Decrees
(U.S. Congress; U.S. Supreme Court; Lubin, Sigmund; Edison, Thomas Alva) Litigation; Copyright; Motion pictures [Attachment/Enclosure]
     11/09/1904 (223:892) Church, Melville to Dyer, Frank Lewis
(U.S. Supreme Court; Lubin, Sigmund; Edison, Thomas Alva) Litigation; Patent and legal counsel; Copyright
     12/27/1904 (223:893) Dyer, Frank Lewis to Church, Melville
(U.S. Supreme Court; Lubin, Sigmund) Litigation; Patent and legal counsel