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Sidwell Co., Inc. v. Real Estate Data, Inc.
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1987 WL 7831 (1987)
Sidwell Company, Inc. (plaintiff) produced and distributed maps for real estate and tax purposes. In 1957 and 1959, Sidwell entered contracts with Cook County, Illinois, to make maps for the county. The sample maps provided by Sidwell contained a copyright notice that identified Sidwell as the copyright holder. The contracts were silent on the issue of copyright ownership, though Sidwell claimed that there was an oral agreement under which Sidwell would retain the copyright. Later, a company called Real Estate Data, Inc. (REDI) (defendant) sold copies of the maps. Sidwell brought a copyright-infringement action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The court held that Cook County, as the commissioning party, held the copyright. Sidwell appealed. The United States Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the case back to the district court, citing a need for additional findings of fact.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (McGard, J.)
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