Report of Lamartine and parliamentary debates on literary property (1841)

Source: University Library of Cambridge : Le Moniteur Universel 1841 - Parliamentary debates from 13.3 (pub. 14.3), pp.634-36; from 22.3 (pub. 23.3), pp.714-19; from 23.3 (pub. 24.3), pp.726-34; 24.3 (pub. 25.3), pp.745-50; 25.3 (pub. 26.3), pp.759-64; from 26.3 (pub. 27.3), pp.776-83; from 29.3 (pub. 30.3), pp.818-25; from 30.3 (pub. 31.3), pp.836-42; from 31.3 (pub. 1.4), pp.851-57; from 1.4 (pub. 2.4), pp.863-69; from 2.4 (pub. 3.4), pp.875-77.

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Report of Lamartine and parliamentary debates on literary property (1841), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Report of Lamartine and parliamentary debates from March and April 1841 on literary property legislation

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Abstract:
The French parliamentary debates of March and April 1841, which are certainly among the most important of the nineteenth century, were part of a long process of discussions about reforms to the legislation of 1793 - a process which involved the setting up of special commissions to consider the nature of literary and artistic property, such as that of 1825-26, or the commission headed by Count Philippe de Ségur in 1836. A bill was introduced in 1839 by Salvandy (who was then Minister of Education) and discussed in the Chamber of Peers before finally, in 1841, the reform proposal was submitted to the Chamber of Deputies. The ensuing debates would, in particular, confront Lamartine, the reporter of the draft and a supporter of significantly extending the term of protection to fifty years, with Renouard, a famous specialist in copyright law and one of the fiercest opponents of such a long term. Thus, in a way that echoed the debates of the eighteenth century, but also Talfourd's struggles to secure copyright reform over in England, the nature and principles of the author's right were discussed afresh, pitting once again the advocates of literary property against the champions of the public domain. And, as had earlier been the case too, the clamour of these debates undermined any true, accurate definition of the object of literary and artistic property.

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Related documents in this database:
1826: Minutes of the 1825-1826 Commission
1838: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (9 May)
1842: Copyright Act

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Publisher: Le Moniteur Universel

Year: 1841

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Language: French

Source: University Library of Cambridge : Le Moniteur Universel 1841 - Parliamentary debates from 13.3 (pub. 14.3), pp.634-36; from 22.3 (pub. 23.3), pp.714-19; from 23.3 (pub. 24.3), pp.726-34; 24.3 (pub. 25.3), pp.745-50; 25.3 (pub. 26.3), pp.759-64; from 26.3 (pub. 27.3), pp.776-83; from 29.3 (pub. 30.3), pp.818-25; from 30.3 (pub. 31.3), pp.836-42; from 31.3 (pub. 1.4), pp.851-57; from 1.4 (pub. 2.4), pp.863-69; from 2.4 (pub. 3.4), pp.875-77.

Persons referred to:

Bacon, Francis
Berryer, Pierre-Antoine
Berville, Saint-Albin
Boileau-Despréaux, Nicolas
Boissy d'Anglas, François Antoine de
Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Bourbon-Condé, Anne Genevieve de
Chateaubriand, François René, Vicomte de
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Columbus, Christopher
Confucius
Corneille, Pierre
Cotin, Charles
Crébillon, Prosper Jolyot de
Dalloz, Désiré
David, Jacques Louis
Delloye, H. L.
Descartes, René
Dufaure, Jules Armand Stanislas
Epictetus
Fontenelle, Bernard le Bovier de
Fourcroy, Antoine François de
Frederick II, the Great
Fulton, Robert
Fénelon, François de Salignac de la Mothe
Gutenberg, Johannes
Guyot, Pierre Jean Jacques Guillaume
Homer
Jacquard, Joseph Marie
Kant, Immanuel
La Fontaine, Jean de
La Rochefoucauld, François, 6th Duc de
Lamartine, Alphonse Marie Louis de
Lamennais, Félicité Robert de
Lestiboudois, Gaspar-Thémistocle
Livy
Louis XI
Louis XIV
Louis XV
Macaulay, Thomas Babington
Malesherbes, Chrétien Guillaume de Lamoignon de
Merlin, Philippe-Antoine
Michelangelo
Mirabeau, Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de
Molière
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem de
Montesquieu, Charles de Secondat, Baron de la Brède et de
Newton, Sir Isaac
Pascal, Blaise
Phidias
Plato
Pompadour, Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de
Portalis, Joseph Marie Portalis, 1st Count
Pradon, Jacques
Racine, Jean
Raphael
Renouard, Augustin-Charles
Richelieu, Armand Jean Duplessis, Cardinal de
Roland de la Platière, Marie-Jeanne
Rouget de Lisle, Claude Joseph
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
Salvandy, Narcisse-Achille de
Socrates
Séguier, Antoine-Louis
Thénard, Louis Jacques
Voltaire, François Marie Arouet de

Places referred to:
Austria
Belgium
England
Florence
Germany
Greenland
Holland
Ireland
London
Milan
Modena
Naples
Paris
Parma
Rome
Russia
Spain
Turin
United States
Venice
Vienna

Cases referred to:
Crébillon's case (1749)

Institutions referred to:
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Chamber of Deputies, Paris
French Chamber of Peers
French Ministry of the Interior
House of Commons

Legislation:
Decree of the King's Council on the duration of privileges (1777)
English Copyright Bill 1838
French Copyright Act 1793
French Imperial decree on the book trade 1810
Prussian Copyright Act 1837

Keywords:
Bible, the
Enlightenment, the
French Revolution
almanacs
anonymous works
applied art, protected subject matter
authors' remuneration
authorship, corporate
authorship, joint or collaborative
authorship, legal concept of
authorship, romantic theory of
books, protected subject matter
catechisms
censorship
commissions
contract
counterfeit
creativity
customs
deposit
divine law
divisibility
dramatic works, protected subject matter
drawings, protected subject matter
duration
duration, post mortem term
editions, new
engravings, protected subject matter
excluded subject matter
foreign reprints
formalities
idea/expression
imitation
imitation, learning by
importation
incentives
industrial revolution
inheritability
interest groups
international agreements, bilateral
international agreements, multilateral
inventions
inventors
labour theory
learning, the advancement of
letters
maps, protected subject matter
monopoly
moral obligations
moral rights, integrity
moral rights, theory
music, protected subject matter
natural rights
oral works, protected subject matter
paintings, protected subject matter
patents, for invention
penalties
penalties, paid to author(s)
perpetual protection
personality theory
private domain
privileges
property analogies
property theory
property theory, authors' property
public domain
public good
public performance
reciprocity
religious works
replica
reprints
reputation
royalty/royalties
scholarly writing
sculpture, protected subject matter
societies, authors'
transferability
unpublished works
utility

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