Meaning of the Seventh Amendment
Supreme Court Case
C. Elvin Feltner, a local television owner sued for copyright violations by Columbia Pictures, was entitled to a jury trial. The trial judge had denied the local television owner’s jury-trial demands and had awarded damages to Columbia Pictures for copyright.The court wrote "Before the adoption of the Seventh Amendment the common law and statutes in England and this country granted copyright owners causes of action for infringement. More importantly, copyright suits for monetary damages were tried in courts of law, and thus before juries."