Citation[edit | edit source]

Baker v. Selden, 101 U.S. 99 (1879) (full-text).

Factual Background[edit | edit source]

The plaintiff copyrighted a treatise setting forth a particular system of bookkeeping that included unique forms for recording information. Plaintiff alleged copyright infringement by defendant's substantially similar forms.

U.S. Supreme Court[edit | edit source]

The Supreme Court held that

blank account-books are not the subject of copyright; and that the mere copyright of Selden's book did not confer upon him the exclusive right to make and use account-books, ruled and arranged as designated by him and described and illustrated in said book.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Id. at 107.
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