Copyright dupes: piracy and new media in Edison v. Lubin (1903)
Abstract

The author examines the attempts of studios such as Edison to copyright films as photographs in the period prior to the inclusion of motion pictures in copyright law in 1912. The essay reviews the history of copyright law as it applies to photography, instances of piracy in this period, and Edison’s lawsuit against rival producer (and fellow pirate) Siegmund Lubin.