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Morrissey v. Procter & Gamble

379 F.2d 675 (1st Cir. 1967)

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Morrissey v. Procter & Gamble

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

379 F.2d 675 (1st Cir. 1967)

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Facts

Morrissey (plaintiff) owned the copyright to a set of rules for how to enter a sweepstakes contest. The rules were fairly basic, containing instructions such as where contestants should write their personal information (i.e., name, address, etc.) and what to do if they did not have a social security number. Procter & Gamble (defendant) held a similar contest and printed rules that were very similar to those that Morrissey had copyrighted. Morrissey brought suit for copyright infringement. The district court awarded Procter & Gamble summary judgment. Morrissey appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Aldrich, C.J.)

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