Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Co., 188 U.S. 239 (1903)
U.S. Supreme CourtBleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Co., 188 U.S. 239 (1903)
Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Company
Decided February 2, 1903
188 U.S. 239
Chromolithographs representing actual groups of persons and things, which have been designed from hints or descriptions of the scenes represented, and which are to be used as advertisements for a circus are "pictorial illustrations" within the meaning of Rev.Stat. § 4962, allowing a copyright to the "author, designer, or proprietor . . . of any engraving, cut, print, . . . or chromo" as affected by the act of 1874, c. 301, § 3, 18 Stat. 78, 79. And on complying with all the statutory requirements, the proprietors are entitled to the protection of the copyright laws.
The case is stated in the opinion of the Court.