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SOLD at 2011 Jun 18 @ 06:31UTC-7 : PDT/MST
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W. C. Fields typed letter signed regarding Yadkoe v. Fields. Typed letter signed, dated October 24, 1944, on Fields’ personal letterhead, to Mr. Charles Beyer, Fields’ agent and manager. It reads [in full]: “Dear Charlie: Enclosed please find check for $1100 which Mr. Gang requested as the balance on the Yadkoe judgment, including interest, court costs, etc. and other high-jacking procedures of the ancient and honorable profession. Will you kindly take this to Mr. Gang and get a receipt in full settlement from him? I want to get the whole thing washed up and get out of town for a month or two so will you kindly get a statement from Mr. Gang for his services and take care of same, as I would like to get all of my bills cleaned up before leaving. Best wishes always, Bill, Bill Fields.” An important case regarding plagiarism and common law copyright, Yadkoe v. Fields decided in 1944. Yadkoe had written skits and comedy routines and submitted them to Fields for his consideration. Allegedly Fields later used some of the material in a film and in his radio programs. The jury found for the plaintiff and awarded damages based on the reasonable value of the material used.