Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Max R. Kraus and Robert L. Kahn argued the cause and filed a brief for petitioners.
George E. Frost argued the cause for respondents. With him on the brief were Will Freeman and Charles F. Barber.
By special leave of Court, Benjamin Forman argued the cause for the Register of Copyrights, as amicus curiae, urging affirmance. With him on the brief were Acting Solicitor General Stern, Assistant Attorney General Burger and Paul A. Sweeney.
Supreme Court of United States.
MR. JUSTICE REED delivered the opinion of the Court.
This case involves the validity of copyrights obtained by respondents for statuettes of male and female dancing figures made of semivitreous china. The controversy centers around the fact that although copyrighted as "works of art," the statuettes were intended for use and used as bases for table lamps, with electric wiring, sockets and lamp shades attached.
Respondents are partners in the manufacture and...
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