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Unformatted text preview: Unfortunately, it quickly became clear that the motion picture business was going to be a hot market. A large number of inventors were involved in the development of the technology and there were a great many conflicting patent claims. By 1900 there were some 500 legal actions, 200 of them pending, on patent claims related to motion pictures. Even Armat, who grew angry when Edison claimed the Vitascope as his own, sued Edison in court. The result was the creation of a trust of sorts: the Motion Picture Patents Company (MPPC). From 1909 to 1915, the MPPC brought order to the industry with a licensing code and drew many of the embattled motion picture companies under a single umbrella. The organization increased profits for all, although it came under fire from independent companies for its monopolistic behavior. Edison received a large share of independent companies for its monopolistic behavior....
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.
- Fall '10