The controversy in this case centered around the fact that although the items at issue were copyrighted as “works of art,” they were intended for use and used commercially. The court held that “works of art” and “reproductions of works of art” were intended by Congress to include the authority to copyright such items. That the items, as fitted as lamps or unfitted, may be patentable does not bar their copyright as works of art and that the intended or actual use in industry of an article eligible for copyright does not bar or invalidate its registration. Last, the subsequent registration of a work of art published as an element in a manufactured article is not a misuse of copyright.
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