Sheldon v. Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp.

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Sheldon v. Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
Argued February 8–9, 1940
Decided March 25, 1940
Full case nameSheldon v. Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
Citations309 U.S. 390 (more)
60 S. Ct. 681; 84 L. Ed. 825
Holding
In the case of an unauthorized adaptation, courts may elect to award only a portion of an infringer's profits to the plaintiff. The proportion that the defendant is entitled to keep is in proportion to the amount of original creative work went into the adaptation, and the court may be assisted in determining that by expert witness testimony.
Court membership
Chief Justice
Charles E. Hughes
Associate Justices
James C. McReynolds · Harlan F. Stone
Owen Roberts · Hugo Black
Stanley F. Reed · Felix Frankfurter
William O. Douglas · Frank Murphy
Case opinion
MajorityHughes, joined by unanimous
McReynolds took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

Sheldon v. Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp., 309 U.S. 390 (1940), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held, in the case of an unauthorized adaptation, courts may elect to award only a portion of an infringer's profits to the plaintiff. The proportion that the defendant is entitled to keep is in proportion to the amount of original creative work went into the adaptation, and the court may be assisted in determining that by expert witness testimony. The Court found that awarding more to the plaintiff "would be to inflict an unauthorized penalty."[1]

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  1. ^ Sheldon v. Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp., 309 U.S. 390 (1940).

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