Herbert v. Shanley Co.
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|Herbert v. Shanley Co.|
|Argued January 10, 1917|
Decided January 22, 1917
|Full case name||Herbert v. Shanley Co.|
|Citations||242 U.S. 591 (more)|
37 S. Ct. 232; 61 L. Ed. 511
|Hotels and restaurants that perform music must compensate composers, even if the venue is not separately charging patrons to hear the music.|
Herbert v. Shanley Co., 242 U.S. 591 (1917), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held hotels and restaurants that perform music must compensate composers, even if the venue is not separately charging patrons to hear the music.
Because this case determined that playing music at the restaurants was an indirect way of profiting from the copyrighted music, it raised the question of what sort of indirect use would be too indirect to constitute infringement. Broadly speaking, this question was not anticipated by the Copyright Act and judges considered this a thorny problem. Nevertheless, courts made decisions indicating that commercial radio broadcasts and uses in advertising were sufficiently direct.
- Text of Herbert v. Shanley Co., 242 U.S. 591 (1917) is available from: CourtListener Justia Library of Congress