From our private database of 32,400+ case briefs...
Sheldon v. Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
81 F.2d 49 (1936), cert. denied, 298 U.S. 669
Edward Sheldon (plaintiff) wrote a play based on a historical murder trial. Sheldon entered into negotiations with Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corporation (MGM) (defendant) for purchase of the rights. The negotiations were unsuccessful. MGM then made a film based on the same historical incident. Sheldon brought suit, asserting that the film copied elements from his play though the film also drew from a book on the same subject by another author. The district court granted MGM’s motion for dismissal of the suit. Sheldon appealed. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (L. Hand, 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 587,000 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 587,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 32,400 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.