Motion Picture Patents Company

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Motion Picture Patents Company was organized in 1908 by a group of film producers and distributors representing Edison, Vitagraph, Biograph, Kalem, Lubin, Selig, Essanay, Pathé Exchange, Méliès, and Gaumont companies to protect their patent interests; a system of fees and royalties was set up for use of equipment covered by their patents; the General Film Company was established (1910) to distribute films of its member companies to licensed theaters; certain independent producers, who were not owners of patents or licensed by patent owners, challenged the validity of these practices; a complaint was filed to US Attorney General G.W. Wickersham, who threatened a criminal indictment; through due course a decree was rendered for dissolution of the Company.

From the description of Trial records, 1911-1915. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 40297777

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creatorOf Motion Picture Patents Company. Trial records, 1911-1915. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Kleine, George. Papers of George Kleine, 1886-1946 (bulk 1900-1930). Library of Congress
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associatedWith Caldwell, Masslich & Reed. corporateBody
associatedWith Kleine, George. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Motion picture industry
Motion pictures
Patent suits

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Active 1911

Active 1915



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