Citation Edit

Baker v. Selden, 101 U.S. 99 (1879) (full-text).

Factual Background Edit

The plaintiff copyrighted a treatise setting forth a particular system of bookkeeping that included unique forms for recording information. Plaintiff alleged copyright infringement by defendant's substantially similar forms.

U.S. Supreme Court Edit

The Supreme Court held that

blank account-books are not the subject of copyright; and that the mere copyright of Selden's book did not confer upon him the exclusive right to make and use account-books, ruled and arranged as designated by him and described and illustrated in said book.[1]

References Edit

  1. Id. at 107.

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