William Marston Seabury

Name:
William Marston Seabury
Role:
Lawyer, General Counsel to the Motion Picture Board of Trade and the National Association of the Motion Picture Industry
Born:
1878
Died:
1951

About

Lawyer, General Counsel to the Motion Picture Board of Trade and the National Association of the Motion Picture Industry. In 1922, as General Counsel to Vitagraph, he brought an anti-trust suit against Famous Players on the grounds that it had sought to monopolise first-run exhibition, and he subsequently severed his connections with the major companies and the MPPDA, campaigning actively against the concentration of industrial power in the industry. He wrote two books, The Public and the Motion Picture Industry (1926) and Motion Picture Problems: The Cinema and the League of Nations (1929), and was a key figure in the initial establishment of the Payne Fund Studies.

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