From our private database of 22,300+ case briefs...
Roth Greeting Cards v. United Card Co.
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
429 F.2d 1106 (9th Cir. 1970)
Roth Greeting Cards (plaintiff) sued United Card Company (defendant) for producing seven greeting cards closely resembling Roth’s copyrighted cards. For example, one Roth card showed a cartoon drawing of a sad boy crying on the front with the caption, “I miss you already,” and inside read, “and You Haven’t even Left.” United’s card bore a cartoon drawing of a sad man crying, the identical caption and inside message, with only minor variations in color and style. The trial court found Roth’s artwork copyrightable but found that United’s cards were not infringing even though United had copied the wording of Roth’s cards. The court reasoned that the wording used common, ordinary English words and phrases already in the public domain before Roth copyrighted its cards. Roth appealed, arguing that the arrangement of the wording coupled with appropriate artwork as a whole warranted copyright protection.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hamley, 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 517,000 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 517,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 22,300 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.