Today in Copyright History: 3/17

On March 17, 1884, the U.S. Supreme Court in Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony upheld the copyrightability of photographs.  Napoleon Sarony, a well-known photographer of theatrical stars, photographed Irish author Oscar Wilde in 1882 when Wilde visited New York.  Reposted from the History of Copyright Timeline at the U.S. Copyright Office.

 Napoleon Sarony [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Napoleon Sarony [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.