Chandler Asks Federal Court to Dismiss Plagarism Suit, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-11


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Chandler Asks Federal Court To Dismiss Plagarism Suit ; LEXINGTON, Ky., June 9 UP.— Baseball Commissioner A. B. Chandler today asked federal court to dismiss a 50,000 suit which charges that baseball committed plagary when it wrote its official rules. The suit was brought by Martin Rothan, Lexington, who said that Chandler and baseballs rules committee entered into a conspiracy to copyright and publish the rules under the title, "Official, Baseball Rules, Completely Revised, 1950." Rothan said passages of the book were copied from his "baseball rules and- decisions book" which had taken him 25 years to write and wmcn was published in 1947. James Park, attorney for Chandler, told district Judge H. Church Ford that Roth-ans book had failed to comply with provisions of the copyright laws. He said the notice of copyright was omitted from the cover of an edition of Rothans book published in 1949 _hv the Wiedemann Rrfvwiner Company of Cincinnati. Rothans attorney, Strother Kiser, replied that Rothan had granted the brewing company the right to print a limited number of the rules book. He said that "through mistake and accident" the copyright notice was omitted. He said that all other editions had the proper copyright notice.

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