Thurneysen: On the Illicit Reprinting of Books, Basel (1738)

Source: Universitätsbibliothek Freie Universität Berlin 04.06.03.05

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Thurneysen: On the Illicit Reprinting of Books, Basel (1738), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Johann Thurneysen's dissertation 'On the Illicit Reprinting of Books', submitted to the Basel Law Faculty in 1738

Full title original language:
Dissertatio juridica inauguralis de recusione librorum furtiva. Zu Teutsch Dem unerlaubten Bücher-Nachdruck [...] publice defendet Joh. Rudolfus Thurnisius

Abstract:
The imprint of this dissertation by Johann Rudolf Thurneysen (1716-1774) refers to his uncles Emanuel (1687-1739) and Johann Rudolf (1688-1755) Thurneysen as the publishers. (They were in fact half-brothers of the author's father, the Basel councillor and master of the mercantile community Hans Jakob Thurneysen (1682-1765)). Showing considerable familiarity with the intricacies of the European book trade, Thurneysen points to a 'tacit agreement' whereby no reprinting normally takes place between members of the Holy Roman Empire and the Swiss, whereas the Dutch and the French do not have to abide by any such agreement. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholars like Kohler, Thieme, and Gieseke have regarded the book as foreshadowing ideas of intellectual property: 'what scholars have attained - is their property, to which they are entitled by right.' (3rd section, p.10), as well as the international copyright conventions of the nineteenth century (2nd section, pp.8-9). The related document d_1739 illustrates the contemporary Swiss privilege practise.

1 Commentary:
commentary_d_1738

Bibliography:
  • Thieme, Hans, 'Zur Entstehungsgeschichte des internationalen Urheberrechts aus dem Kampf gegen den unlauteren Büchernachdruck', in M. Rehbinder and W. Larese (eds), 'Die Berner Übereinkunft und die Schweiz' (Berne: Stämpfli, 1986) 1-12

  • Kohler, Josef, 'Urheberrecht an Schriftwerken und Verlagsrecht' (Stuttgart: Enke, 1907)

  • Gieseke, Ludwig, 'Vom Privileg zum Urheberrecht' (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 1995)


Related documents in this database:
1740: Privilege of the Protestant Swiss Cantons
1740: Encyclopaedia Article on 'The Reprinting of Books'

Author: Thurneysen, Johann R. (Thurneisen)

Publisher: E. and J.R. Thurneisen

Year: 1738

Location: Basel

Language: Latin

Source: Universitätsbibliothek Freie Universität Berlin 04.06.03.05

Persons referred to:
Bartholin, Thomas, the Elder
Besold, Christoph
Carpzov, Benedict Jr
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Coster, Laurens Janszoon
Erasmus
Fritsch, Ahasver
Froben, Johann
Fust, Johannes
Gundling, Nikolaus Hieronymus
Gutenberg, Johannes
Horace
Justinian I
Lipsius, Justus
Ludewig, Johann Peter von
Luther, Martin
Maittaire, Michael
Mallinckrodt, Bernhard
Martial, Marcus Valerius Martialis
Mencke, Lüder
Mengering, Arnold
Mentel, Johannes
Paulus, Julius
Pliny, 'the Younger'
Pufendorf, Samuel, Freiherr von
Quintilian
Schöffer, Peter
Stryk, Samuel
Theodosius I, the Great
Thurneysen, Johann Rudolf, II
Trajan
Valens
Vinnius, Arnoldus
Winckler, Johann Heinrich
Zeno

Places referred to:
Basel
England
France
Germany
Haarlem
Mainz
Netherlands
Rome
Russia
Saxony
Spain
Strasbourg
Sweden
Switzerland

Cases referred to:
N/A

Institutions referred to:
Basel University

Legislation:
Basel Printers' Statute (1531)

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learning, the advancement of
manuscript
monopoly
natural rights
penalties
price regulation
printing, history of
privileges
privileges, German Imperial
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privileges, printing
property analogies
property theory
property theory, authors' property
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registration
remedies
reprints
reputation
royalty/royalties
scholarly writing
scribal publication
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transferability
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utility

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