What can and can’t be copied is a matter of law, but also of aesthetics, culture, and economics. The act of copying, and the creation and transaction of rights relating to it, evokes fundamental notions of communication and censorship, of authorship and ownership—of privilege and property.
Title: Privilege and Property: Essays on the History of Copyright
Editors: Ronan Deazley, Martin Kretschmer and Lionel Bently
Publication date: June 2010
Number of pages: xii + 438
Dimensions: 6.14” x 9.21” | 234mm x 156mm
Illustrations: 11 black and white
BIC Subject Codes: LNRC (Copyright law), HBTB (Social & cultural history)
ISBN Paperback: 9781906924188
ISBN Hardback: 9781906924195
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781906924201
The History of Copyright History: Notes from an Emerging Discipline
Martin Kretschmer, with Lionel Bently and Ronan Deazley
1. From Gunpowder to Print: The Common Origins of Copyright and Patent
2. ‘A Mongrel of Early Modern Copyright’: Scotland in European Perspective
Alastair J. Mann
3. The Public Sphere and the Emergence of Copyright: Areopagitica, the Stationers’ Company, and the Statute of Anne
4. Early American Printing Privileges. The Ambivalent Origins of Authors’ Copyright in America
5. Author and Work in the French Print Privileges System: Some Milestones
6. A Venetian Experiment on Perpetual Copyright
7. Copyright Formalities and the Reasons for their Decline in Nineteenth Century Europe
Stef van Gompel
8. The Berlin Publisher Friedrich Nicolai and the Reprinting Sections of the Prussian Statute Book of 1794
9. Nineteenth Century Controversies Relating to the Protection of Artistic Property in France
10. Maps, Views and Ornament: Visualising Property in Art and Law: The Case of Pre-modern France
11. Breaking the Mould? The Radical Nature of the Fine Arts Copyright Bill 1862
12. ‘Neither Bolt nor Chain, Iron Safe nor Private Watchman, Can Prevent the Theft of Words’: The Birth of the Performing Right in Britain
13. The Return of the Commons – Copyright History as a Common Source
14. The Significance of Copyright History for Publishing History and Historians
15. Metaphors of Intellectual Property
William St Clair
© 2010 Ronan Deazley, Martin Kretschmer and Lionel Bently
Contributors are free to re-publish their contributions in whatever other ways they choose.
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William St Clair's The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period is linked, in an online publishing blog, to the current copyright debates and Google's attempted takeover. You can read the post here.
Privilege and Property is a companion to the digital archive Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
This is a most valuable, sometimes provocative, always interesting contribution to the construction of knowledge of the history of copyright [...] Buy it, read it and copy it to your friends.
(Archive for Copyright and Media Law), Vol 2 (2011)
...extremely rigorous and thoroughly researched, with an impressive apparatus of bibliographical references.
You can read the full review on page 19 here.
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In the Times Literary Supplement (6 August 2010), Jonathan Bate includes in his article on copyright law, ‘Fair enough?’ a discussion of Privilege and Property.