Pub. Affairs Associates, Inc. v. Rickover

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Pub. Affairs Associates, Inc. v. Rickover
Argued November 6–7, 1961
Decided March 5, 1962
Full case namePublic Affairs Associates, Inc., Trading as Public Affairs Press, v. Rickover
Citations369 U.S. 111 (more)
82 S. Ct. 580; 7 L. Ed. 2d 604
Holding
Circuit court decision vacated because the facts of the case were too unclear. Remanded to district court to create an "adequate and full-bodied record.".
Court membership
Chief Justice
Earl Warren
Associate Justices
Hugo Black · Felix Frankfurter
William O. Douglas · Tom C. Clark
John M. Harlan II · William J. Brennan Jr.
Charles E. Whittaker · Potter Stewart
Case opinions
Per curiam
ConcurrenceDouglas
DissentWarren, joined by Whittaker
DissentHarlan

Pub. Affairs Associates, Inc. v. Rickover, 369 U.S. 111 (1962), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held that the circuit court's decision should be vacated because the facts of the case were too unclear. Remanded to district court to create an "adequate and full-bodied record.".[1]

The case concerned whether or not speeches written by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover in the course of his duties to the federal government of the United States were copyrightable. Generally, works of the United States government are not.[citation needed] The case spent nine years in litigation.[2]

After the case was passed back to a district court, the Register of Copyrights, the Librarian of Congress, the Secretary of the Navy, the Secretary of Defence, and the Atomic Energy Commissioners were all added as defendants. The court ruled in Admiral Rickover's and their favor, saying that speechwriting should be considered "private business from start to finish."[2][3]

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  1. ^ Pub. Affairs Associates, Inc. v. Rickover, 369 U.S. 111 (1962)
  2. ^ a b Abraham L. Kaminstein. 71st Annual Report of the Register of Copyrights (PDF) (Report). United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2018-08-19.
  3. ^ Pub. Affairs Associates, Inc. v. Rickover, 268 F. Supp. 444 (D.D.C. 1967)

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