Today in Copyright History: 2/24

On February 24, 1908, the U.S. Supreme Court held in White-Smith Music Publishing Co. v. Apollo Co. that perforated piano rolls are not copies of works.  Congress responded by introducing a nonexclusive right for copyright owners to make and distribute mechanical reproductions of their nondramatic musical works.  Reposted from the History of Copyright Timeline at the U.S. Copyright Office.

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