The publisher made a startling discovery moments before 3
million copies of
Teddy Roosevelt’s 1900 full convention
speech were to be printed. It seems permission had not
been obtained to use a picture of him and his running mate,
Governor Hiram Johnson, of California. Under copyright
laws the photographer would have been entitled to one
dollar per printed copy.

The chairman of the campaign committee knew they
needed an immediate release so decided to try little
creativity. He sent a telegram to photographer’s Chicago
studio that read, “Planning to issue 3 million copies
Roosevelt speech with pictures Roosevelt and Johnson on
cover. Great publicity opportunity for photographer. Will you
pay us to use your photographs?”

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Max Impact, Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
Roosevelt overcomes
copyright violation
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