Pluquet's letters, Paris (1778)

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France : Mss. Fr. 22063 n°68, 68bis, 68ter

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Pluquet's letters, Paris (1778), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Third Letter to a friend concerning the Book Trade

Full title original language:
Troisième lettre à un ami concernant les Affaires de la Librairie

Abstract:
The 'Letters' of the Abbé Pluquet constitute one of the most important documents written in response to the solutions adopted by the king in 1777, in order to shatter the monopolies of the Parisian guild of booksellers. Defending, like the lawyer Linguet, the notion of a literary property, the exercise of which, by the act of publication, had to be guaranteed in an absolute manner by the law, Pluquet focussed in particular on outlining, as precisely as possible, the specific nature of the object of this property. In this sense, the Abbé - without, though, being a jurist by training - showed himself to be especially rigorous, thereby coming very close to the precision attained by several English memorials of the same period, which marked out the 'battle' between the booksellers of London and those of Edinburgh. In Pluquet's demonstration, apart from a general critique of the decree of 30 August 1777 on the duration of privileges, the question he raises as to the specific exercise of literary property by means of publication allows for certain conclusions on the incorporeal nature of its object. The comparison made by Pluquet between a work and an invention was equally decisive for the way in which the idea/form distinction came to be perceived in French copyright discourse.

1 Commentary:
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Related documents in this database:
1777: French Decree of 30 August 1777, on the duration of privileges
1777: Linguet's memorandum

Author: l'Abbé François-André-Adrien Pluquet (1716-1790)

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1778

Location: Paris

Language: French

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France : Mss. Fr. 22063 n°68, 68bis, 68ter

Persons referred to:
Abelard, Peter
Aguesseau, Henri-François d'
Ambrogini, Angelo
Anisson-Duperron, Etienne
Argenson, René-Louis de Voyer de Paulmy, marquis d'
Bignon, Jérôme
Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Carrières, Louis de
Corneille, Pierre
Curtius Rufus, Quintus
Desaint, Jean
Didot, François
Didot, François-Ambroise
Didot, Pierre-François
Duplain, Pierre
Elzevir
Erasmus
Estienne, Charles
Estienne, Henri I
Estienne, Henri II
Estienne, Robert
Froben, Johann
Henri IV
Horace
Héricourt, Louis d'
Jousse, Daniel
Kerver, Jacques
Ladvocat, Jean-Baptiste
Le Bret, Cardin
Le Camus de Neville, François Claude Michel Benoît
Linguet, Simon Nicolas Henri
Louis XIV
Louis XVI
Maboul, Jean-François
Marmontel, Jean François
Miromesnil, Armand Thomas Hue de
Molière
Morel, Fédéric
Moulins, Guyart des
Pluquet, François-André-Adrien
Pralard, André
Quesnel, Pasquier
Sallust
Seignette, Pierre
St Bruno
St Francis of Sales
St Gregory of Nazianzus
St Paul the Apostle
Tacitus, Publius
Terence
Terray, Joseph Marie
Trattner, Johann Thomas von
Virgil
Voltaire, François Marie Arouet de
William of Champeaux

Places referred to:
Avignon
Bordeaux
England
Germany
Holland
Ireland
Italy
Lyon
Orléans
Paris
Rouen
Scotland
Toulouse
Versailles
Vienna

Cases referred to:
Desaint's widow v. Duplain (1778)
Martin v. Léonard (1670-1673)

Institutions referred to:
Chambre syndicale des libraires et imprimeurs (Paris)
Cour de Commerce (Paris)
King's Council of State (France)
Parisian Guild of Booksellers and Printers
Parlement of Paris

Legislation:
Code de la Librairie 1723
Decree of the King's Council on the duration of privileges (1777)
French Royal Letters Patent (1701), on the book trade
Parisian Book Trade Regulations 1618
Parisian Book Trade Regulations 1686

Keywords:
Bible, the
Enlightenment, the
Reformation, the
almanacs
author/publisher relations
authors' remuneration
authors, self-publishing
authorship, theory of
book market
book trade
classics, Greek and Latin
common law copyright
contract
counterfeit
distributive justice
divisibility
duration
duration, prolongation of privileges
editions, new
foreign reprints
free trade
idea/expression
immoral works
importation
incentives
inheritability
interest groups
labour theory
manuscript
medical tracts
monopoly
natural rights
newspapers
patents, for invention
patronage
penalties, paid to fiscal authorities
penalties, paid to publisher(s)
perpetual protection
personality theory
piracy
plagiarism
price regulation
printing, history of
privileges
privileges, French
privileges, German Imperial
privileges, Spanish
privileges, printing
property analogies
property theory
property theory, authors' property
property theory, publishers' property
public domain
public good
religious works
remedies
renewal
reprints
royalty/royalties
scholarly writing
scribal publication
taxation
transferability
universities
unpublished works

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