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Jackson v. Universal International Pictures
California Supreme Court
36 Cal. 2d 116, 222 P.2d 433 (1950)
Jackson (plaintiff) wrote a play entitled “Slightly Scandalous.” The play rehearsed in Los Angeles, opened in Philadelphia, and flopped in New York, closing after seven performances in 1944. Universal (defendant) later released a movie by the same name. Jackson brought suit against Universal for use of the title “Slightly Scandalous,” for which he claimed secondary meaning. The district court held for Jackson. Universal appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Edmonds, J.)
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