Merrell v. Tice - 104 U.S. 557 (1881)
U.S. Supreme Court
Merrell v. Tice, 104 U.S. 557 (1881)
Merrell v. Tice
104 U.S. 557
1. In an action for the infringement of his copyright of a book, the plaintiff cannot recover without proving that, within ten days from the publication thereof, he delivered two copies of such copyright book at the office of the Librarian of Congress or deposited them in the mail properly addressed to that officer.
2. Quaere is the certificate of the Librarian, under his official seal, that two copies were so deposited, competent evidence of the fact.
3. Where to his certificate (infra, p. 104 U. S. 558), setting forth other facts, there is added a statement, not signed or sealed, that two copies of the publication were deposited, held that the statement is admissible in evidence only against the party making it.
The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.