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Lee v. Runge
United States Supreme Court
404 U.S. 887, 92 S. Ct. 197, 30 L. Ed. 2d 169 (1971)
In district court, Joyce Lee (defendant) was found to have infringed Santa Maria Runge’s (plaintiff) copyright for writing a book about face exercises based on the same ideas as Runge’s book. Lee appealed, arguing that Runge’s book was not copyrightable because Runge’s book was only a rehash of ideas within the public domain and thus lacked novelty. However, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court, holding that the appropriate standard was originality, not novelty, and that Runge’s book met that standard. The United States Supreme Court denied certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning
Dissent (Douglas, J.)
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