American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Reason

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Paper Print Deposit

Wanted: A Dog
American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.
Wanted: A Dog
Typescript scenario, 1905
Motion Picture Broadcasting & Recorded
Sound Division

Copyright deposit, 1905 (130A.4)

Prior to 1912, films were registered for copyright as frame-by-frame photographs on a continuous roll of contact paper. Additionally, some producers submitted scenarios or shot lists for their motion pictures to be considered as copyrightable dramatic works, much as they would for a theatrical play. In 1905, the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company registered Wanted: A Dog, which producers described as a "comedy of American suburban life in eleven scenes."

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