Bloomberg Law
Oct. 22, 2019, 8:46 AM

Hamilton Spat Shows Challenge in Carving Copyrights From History

Ian Lopez
Ian Lopez
Senior Reporter

A legal fight involving a producer of the Broadway megahit “Hamilton” highlights the challenges of proving that historical information deserves copyright protection, attorneys say.

Hamilton Exhibition LLC allegedly infringed copyrighted materials, including illustrations depicting designs of exhibit rooms featuring events like Alexander Hamilton’s fatal duel with Aaron Burr, with its historical exhibit in Chicago, according to a counterclaim by Imagine Exhibitions Inc.. Hamilton Exhibition had sued IEI for breach of contract after a partnership to produce the exhibit went sour.

The two sides are negotiating a settlement, according to court filings. Attorneys said IEI faced an uphill battle to demonstrate ...

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