Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, Napoleon Sarony (1883)

Source: The University of Texas Tarlton Law Library Stack 215: Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53 (1883).

Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, Napoleon Sarony (1883), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53

Full title original language:

A Supreme Court decision on the issue of copyright protection of photographs. The decision rejected various challenged to the copyrightability of a photograph of Oscar including a claim of lack of originality based on the alleged mechanical nature of photography. While the decision rejected the originality challenge, it construed the originality requirement in broad terms that questioned the eligibility for copyright protection of many other photographic works.

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  • Panzer, Mary. Mathew Brady and the image of history. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Portrait Gallery, 1997.

  • Farley, Christine Haight. 'Copyright Law's Response to the Invention of Photography.' 65 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 385 (2004).

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1862: Court of Cassation on photography
1882: Oscar Wilde photograph
1883: Sarony's Brief
1883: Burrow-Giles' Brief
1891: Falk v. Brett Lithographing Co.

Author: N/A

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1883

Location: Napoleon Sarony

Language: English

Source: The University of Texas Tarlton Law Library Stack 215: Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53 (1883).

Persons referred to:
Bouvier, John
Bowen, Charles Synge Christopher
Brett, William Baliol, 1st Viscount Esher
Calman, David
Cotton, Sir Henry
Gurlitz, Augustus T.
Mansfield, William Murray, 1st Earl
Miller, Samuel Freeman
Sarony, Napoleon
Wilde, Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills

Places referred to:
Great Britain
New York

Cases referred to:
Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53 (1883)
Millar v. Taylor (1769) 4 Burr. 2303
Nottage v. Jackson, 11 Q.B.D. 627 (1883)

Institutions referred to:
Court of King's Bench
House of Lords
Library of Congress
New York District Court
U.S. Congress

Fine Art Copyright Act, 1862, 25 & 26 Vict., c.68
Statute of Anne, 1710, 8 Ann. c. 19
U.S. Copyright Act 1790, 1 Stat. 124 (1790)
U.S. Copyright Act 1802 (Amendment of 1790 Act), 2 Stat. 171 (1802)
U.S. Copyright Act 1831, 21st Cong., 2d Sess., 4 Stat. 436
U.S. Print and Label Law, Amendatory Act of June 18, 1874, 18 Stat. 78

authorship, theory of
constitution, US
labour theory
patents, for invention
photography, protected subject matter

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