Letter from Peters to Donaldson, Philadelphia (1828)

Source: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Cadwalader Collection, Judge John Cadwalader Series, Manx Nr 1454: Richard Peters Jr. to Robert Donaldson, Sept. 26, 1828.

Letter from Peters to Donaldson, Philadelphia (1828), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Letter from Richard Peters Jr. to Robert Donaldson, Sept. 26, 1828

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A letter from Richard Peters, the reporter of the Supreme Court, to Robert Donaldson, the publisher of the former reporter Henry Wheaton. In the letter Peters responds to Donaldson's complaint on the publication of his Condensed Reports, including reports of Supreme Court decisions complied by previous reporters. The response consists of a copy of Peters's reply to a similar complaint by another former reporter, Judge William Cranch. Peters explains that he intends to copy just the facts and the decisions of the court, denies that this constitutes copyright infringement and invites others to test this in court.

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  • ____. ''A Curious Chapter in the History of Judicature': Wheaton v. Peters and the Rest of the Story (of Copyright in the New Republic).' 42 Hous. L. Rev. 325 (2005).

  • Joyce, Craig. 'The Story of Wheaton v. Peters, in Intellectual Property Stories.' In Jane C. Ginsburg and Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss eds. New York: Foundation Press, 2006.

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Author: Richard Peters Jr.

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1828

Location: Philadelphia

Language: English

Source: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Cadwalader Collection, Judge John Cadwalader Series, Manx Nr 1454: Richard Peters Jr. to Robert Donaldson, Sept. 26, 1828.

Persons referred to:
Cranch, William
Donaldson, Robert
Peters, Richard, Jr.
Wheaton, Henry

Places referred to:
New York

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Copyright Act 1802 (Amendment of 1790 Act), 2 Stat. 171 (1802)

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