Today in Copyright History: 3/8

On March 8, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Mazer v. Stein that works of art embodied in useful articles (in this case, “statuettes of male and female dancing figures made of semivitreous china… used as bases for table lamps”) may be copyrighted.  Reposted from the History of Copyright Timeline at the U.S. Copyright Office.

 By Related names:  Cass, Gilbert [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

By Related names:  Cass, Gilbert [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.