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Ronan Deazley; Martin Kretschmer; Lionel Bently; Contributors are free to re-publish their contributions in whatever other ways they choose.

Published On

2010-06-01

ISBN

Paperback978-1-906924-18-8
Hardback978-1-906924-19-5
PDF978-1-906924-20-1
HTML978-1-80064-434-2

Language

  • English

Print Length

454 pages (xiii +441)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 23 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.91" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 25 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1389g (49.00oz)
Hardback1781g (62.82oz)

Media

Illustrations11
Tables12

OCLC Number

763132366

LCCN

2019452802

BIC

  • LNRC
  • HBTB

BISAC

  • LAW050010

LCC

  • K1440

Keywords

  • Law
  • aesthetics
  • cultural studies
  • John Milton
  • legal history
  • copyright history
  • copyright law
  • creative commons
  • patent
  • intellectual property
  • public domain
  • book history
  • censorship
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Privilege and Property

Essays on the History of Copyright

  • Ronan Deazley (editor)
  • Martin Kretschmer (editor)
  • Lionel Bently (editor)

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. This volume conceives a new history of copyright law that has its roots in a wide range of norms and practices. The essays reach back to the very material world of craftsmanship and mechanical inventions of Renaissance Italy where, in 1469, the German master printer Johannes of Speyer obtained a five-year exclusive privilege to print in Venice and its dominions. Along the intellectual journey that follows, we encounter John Milton who, in 1644 accused the English parliament of having been deceived by the ‘fraud of some old patentees and monopolizers in the trade of bookselling’ (i.e. the London Stationers’ Company). Later revisionary essays investigate the regulation of the printing press in the North American colonies as a provincial and somewhat crude version of European precedents, and how, in the revolutionary France of 1789, the subtle balance that the royal decrees had established between the interests of the author, the bookseller, and the public, was shattered by the abolition of the privilege system. Some of the essays also address the specific evolution of rights associated with the visual and performing arts. The volume is a companion to the digital archive Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Privilege and Property is recommended in the Times Higher Education Textbook Guide (November, 2010).

Additional Resources

[website]Copyrights and Wrongs: The Impact of Copyright on the Arts and Authorship in the Digital Area

Listen again to an event hosted by the British Academy at the Royal Society (27 October 2010) about Creativity and Copyright. Privilege and Property contributor William St Clair is part of the panel discussion.

[blog]The value chain strikes back: Google and the history of copyright

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.

[website]Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)

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).

Table of Contents

Introduction

The History of Copyright History: Notes from an Emerging Discipline by Martin Kretschmer, with Lionel Bently and Ronan Deazley


1. From Gunpowder to Print: The Common Origins of Copyright and Patent

Joanna Kostylo


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

Mark Rose


4. Early American Printing Privileges. The Ambivalent Origins of Authors’ Copyright in America

Oren Bracha


5. Author and Work in the French Print Privileges System: Some Milestones

Laurent Pfister


6. A Venetian Experiment on Perpetual Copyright

Maurizio Borghi


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

Friedemann Kawohl


9. Nineteenth Century Controversies Relating to the Protection of Artistic Property in France

Frédéric Rideau


10. Maps, Views and Ornament: Visualising Property in Art and Law: The Case of Pre-modern France

Katie Scott


11. Breaking the Mould? The Radical Nature of the Fine Arts Copyright Bill 1862

Ronan Deazley


12. ‘Neither Bolt nor Chain, Iron Safe nor Private Watchman, Can Prevent the Theft of Words’: The Birth of the Performing Right in Britain

Isabella Alexander


13. The Return of the Commons – Copyright History as a Common Source

Karl-Nikolaus Peifer


14. The Significance of Copyright History for Publishing History and Historians

John Feather


15. Metaphors of Intellectual Property

William St Clair


Bibliography

Index


Contributors

Ronan Deazley

(editor)
Professor of Law at University of Glasgow

Martin Kretschmer

(editor)

Lionel Bently

(editor)
Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law at University of Cambridge