French Literary and Artistic Property Act, Paris (1793)

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French Literary and Artistic Property Act, Paris (1793), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Decree of the National Convention, of 19 July 1793, regarding the property rights of authors to writings of all kinds, of composers of music, of painters and illustrators (with the report of Lakanal)

Full title original language:
Décret de la Convention Nationale du dix-neuf juillet 1793 relatif aux droits de propriété des Auteurs d'écrits en tout genre, des Compositeurs de musique, des Peintres et des Dessinateurs (avec le rapport de Lakanal)

Abstract:
The Decree of 19-24 July 1793, probably the most famous of the French legislative sources for intellectual property, confirmed the recognition of the literary and artistic property right, secured from now on by national law. In spite of its mere 7 articles, it was to have a very exceptional longevity, framing the matter throughout 19th century. However, it was voted upon by the National Assembly without any specific debates and in any case managed to establish, for better or for worse, a precarious balance, often discussed throughout 19th century, between the interest of the individual and the interest of the public.

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Year: 1793

Location: Paris

Language: French

Source: Archives nationales : BB/34/1/46 (document conservé aux Archives nationales, Paris)

Persons referred to:
Billaud-Varenne, Jacques Nicolas
Corneille, Pierre
Jeanbon, André
Lakanal, Joseph
Lindet, Jean-Baptiste Robert
Thuriot, Jacques-Alexis

Places referred to:
Paris

Cases referred to:
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Institutions referred to:
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Cabinet des Estampes (Print Room, National Library, Paris)
Committee of Public Instruction (First Republic)
National Convention (1792-1795)

Legislation:
French Copyright Act 1793

Keywords:
French Revolution
applied art, protected subject matter
authors' remuneration
authorship, romantic concept of
books, protected subject matter
common law copyright
counterfeit
deposit
drawings, protected subject matter
duration
duration, post mortem term
inheritability
learning, the advancement of
music, protected subject matter
natural rights
paintings, protected subject matter
penalties, paid to author(s)
penalties, paid to publisher(s)
piracy
property theory, authors' property
public domain
registration
reprints
transferability

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