Thompson v. Hubbard - 131 U.S. 123 (1889)
U.S. Supreme Court
Thompson v. Hubbard, 131 U.S. 123 (1889)
Thompson v. Hubbard
Nos. 265, 271
Submitted April 17, 1889
Decided May 13, 1889
131 U.S. 123
APPEALS FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED
STATES FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
In this case it was held on the facts, that the title to a copyright in a book had passed from the person who secured it to another person as the result of a completed transaction between them, independently of all agreements in regard to other matters, the consideration for the sale's having been paid and the contract's having never been rescinded.
The grantee having sued the grantor for infringing the copyright, it appeared
that although the copyright had been properly secured by the grantor, the grantee, in publishing editions of the book, had, in some of the copies, not printed, in the notice of copyright, either the year or the name, and in others, had omitted the name. Held that he had forfeited the right to sue the grantor for infringement.