Report of François Hell to the National Assembly, Paris (1791)

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Report to the National Assembly, by Mr. Hell, Deputy of the Bas-Rhin, on the property of scientific and literary productions

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François Hell's bill, submitted to the Constitutional Committee in September 1791, can be seen as a counter-weight to that of Sieyès (f_1790). Indeed, it enshrined literary property in such terms with which neither Linguet, nor Pluquet, nor obviously the Parisian booksellers, would have been able to find any fault. Especially since the former was to be guaranteed by perpetual protection, to the benefit of the author, as well as his assignees. In short, the bill's purpose was to confirm the recognition of literary property that had been achieved with the 1777 decrees (f_1777a), but without the restrictions imposed back then on the transfer of such property. Moreover, in contrast to Sieyès's draft, Hell treated the question of press control and that of regulating the author's right as quite distinct issues. The new tentative law was also intended not to be provisional but permanent. However, this radical proposal was ultimately rejected by the National Assembly.

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Related documents in this database:
1790: Sieyès' report

Author: François Hell

Publisher: Imprimerie Nationale

Year: 1791

Location: Paris

Language: French

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France : LE29-1208

Persons referred to:
Bomare, Valmont de
Bruyset, Jean-Marie
Hell, François
Salinelles, Meynier

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Institutions referred to:
Committee of Agriculture & Trade
Constitutional Committee of the French National Assembly
National Assembly (1789-1791)

French law of 13 January 1791, concerning the works of living playwrights

dramatic works, protected subject matter
engravings, protected subject matter
foreign reprints
privileges, printing
property theory, authors' property
property theory, publishers' property
translations, protection of

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