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Mazer v. Stein

United States Supreme Court
347 U.S. 201 (1954)


Facts

Mazer and other partners in a lamp business (Mazer) (plaintiffs) created several original sculptures shaped in the form of human figures. The sculptures were used to produce casts that would allow Mazer to mass produce copies of the sculptures, which were then sold as either fully configured lamp bases or statuettes. After sales of the mass-produced copies commenced, Mazer registered the sculptures with the Copyright Office as works of art. The sculptures submitted for registration did not include any lamp components. Stein and other partners in a competing lamp business (Stein) (defendants) obtained a few of the statuettes and copied the design for their own products, and Mazer brought a suit for copyright infringement. The court of appeals granted judgment in favor of Mazer, and Stein appealed the decision.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Reed, J.)

Concurrence (Douglas, J.)

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