Williams v. Weisser
California Court of Appeals
273 Cal. App. 2d 726 (1969)
B. J. Williams (plaintiff) was a university anthropology professor. In 1965, J. Edwin Weisser (defendant) paid a student of Williams to take notes on Williams’s lectures. Weisser, in turn, printed the notes, placed a copyright notice on them bearing Williams’s name, and offered them for sale. Williams filed suit, alleging that Weisser had infringed his common-law copyright and invaded his privacy by using Williams’s name without his consent. The lower court agreed with Williams and granted a temporary injunction to enjoin Weisser from producing or selling the notes. Weisser appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kaus, J.)
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