From our private database of 35,600+ case briefs...
Childress v. Taylor
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
945 F.2d 500 (1991)
Actress Clarice Taylor (defendant) conducted research on the life of celebrated comic performer Jackie “Moms” Mabley with the intention of portraying Mabley in a play. Taylor hired Alice Childress (plaintiff) to write the play. Taylor gave Childress her research on Mabley. Childress wrote and copyrighted the resulting work, Moms: A Praise Play for a Black Comedienne, though Taylor contributed ideas for some scenes and characters. After a successful production of the play, Taylor planned a second version in which Taylor would make some changes to the original. Taylor’s agent sent Childress’s agent a letter stating that the finished play would be equally owned by Taylor and Childress. Childress rejected this proposal. Taylor then hired another playwright, to whom she gave Childress’s script and suggested changes for a second version. Childress brought suit. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of Childress. Taylor appealed. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Newman, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 619,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 619,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 35,600 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.