Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: comic strip copyrights ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: comic strip copyrights
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Comics and Animation
Asked by: monbo-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 07 Mar 2005 09:17 PST
Expires: 06 Apr 2005 10:17 PDT
Question ID: 486173
Who currently owns the copyright to the Mutt & Jeff comic strip which
stopped running in 1982 and how can I contact them?
Subject: Re: comic strip copyrights
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 07 Mar 2005 10:50 PST
Dear monbo,

Via some detours of reasoning and searching, I managed to find out who
currently owns the rights in the Mutt & Jeff cartoons. Let me give you
the background story first:

The creator of Mutt & Jeff, cartoonist Harry Conway "Bud" Fisher (b.
1884 or 85; d. 1954), who had become very wealthy thanks to the
success of his comic strip, had married Countess Aedita DeBeaumont (b.
1889; d. 1985). Later they divorced, but Aedita DeBeaumont
nevertheless inherited the rights in the Mutt & Jeff comics after Bud
Fisher had died in 1954.

The United States Copyright Office database reflects this; in numerous
entries, ownership in the Mutt & Jeff cartoons is claimed by Edita S.
DaBeaumont [the typos derive from the database entries].

This recent (2005) online publication of Mutt & Jeff cartoons, on the website, bears the ownership notes "by Pierre S. De
Beaumont" and "© 1993 Pierre S. De Beaumont".

It is only logical to assume that Pierre S. DeBeaumont, who very
obviously currently owns the rights in the cartoons, is a relative of
Aedita DeBeaumont and inherited the rights from her.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office lists a registered
trademark "Mutt & Jeff", relating to a 'cartoon strip, regularly
published in newspapers'. The trademark was renewed regularly (most
recently on 15 July 2000), and the owner is Pierre S. DeBeaumont.
This shows that the comic strip is indeed owned by Mr. DeBeaumont,
since otherwise he certainly would not bother to continue paying the
trademark registration fees.

As contact information for Pierre S. DeBeaumont, the Patent and
Trademark Office lists the following:

DeBeaumont, Pierre S.
P.O. Box 1528
Manchester, MA 01944

I also found Mr. DeBeaumont listed in the telephone directory, but I
am bound to the Google Answers regulations, so I am unfortunately not
allowed to publish his address here.

I hope that this will be useful!
Best regards,


United States Patent and Trademark Office: Trademark Database

United States Copyright Office: Copyright Database Mutt & Jeff en Español by Pierre S. De Beaumont

Switchboard Telephone Directory

RootsWeb: Social Security Death Index

Michigan State University Libraries: Reading Room Index to the Comic Art Collection

Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Bud Fisher

Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Mutt and Jeff

Rich Morrissey (RMorris306): "Re: Xero and YHIL (was Re: Any non-Time
Warner characters in DC?)". <rec.arts.comics.dc.universe>, 1998/08/23,
via Google Groups.
There are no comments at this time.

Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy