--The London Critic says that a case was argued before the Court of Common Bench, on Monday, which is of the highest importance to dramatists and the authors of works of fiction.
Mr. Charles Reade
brought an action against Mr. Conquest
, of the Grecian Saloon
, for producing a dramatic version of the novel entitled "It is Never Too Late to Mend." The facts were not denied by the defendant, but he pleaded that what he had done was not an infringement of Mr. Reade
After the case had been argued, Mr. Justice Williams
delivered judgment for the defendant, pronouncing that the public representation of a piece upon the stage was not a publication within the meaning of the statute of Anne, which gives the author of a book the copyright in his book.