Warburton's Letter from an Author, London (1747)

Source: University of Birmingham Library: R. Hurd, ed., The Works of the Right Reverend William Warburton, 12 vols. (London: Cadell & Davies, 1811) Vol.12, 405-416

Citation:
Warburton's Letter from an Author, London (1747), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
A Letter from an Author, to a Member of Parliament concerning Literary Property

Full title original language:
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Abstract:
Warburton, a strong proponent of the common law rights of the author, provided the first significant commentary upon the nature and classification of property and its relevance to, and relationship with, an author's work. Part of this commentary discusses Warburton's attempts to articulate a clear conceptual distinction between the claim of an inventor to the protection of a patent provided by the state, and the natural right of an author to the property in his work.

1 Commentary:
commentary_uk_1747

Bibliography:
  • Rose, M., Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright (London: Harvard University Press, 1993)

  • Patterson, L.R., Copyright in Historical Perspective (Nashville: Vanderbilt University, 1968)

  • Deazley, R, On the Origin of the Right to Copy: Charting the Movement of Copyright Law in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1695-1775) (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2004)


Related documents in this database:
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Author: William Warburton

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1747

Location: London

Language: English

Source: University of Birmingham Library: R. Hurd, ed., The Works of the Right Reverend William Warburton, 12 vols. (London: Cadell & Davies, 1811) Vol.12, 405-416

Persons referred to:
Anne
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Hannibal
Warburton, William

Places referred to:
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Cases referred to:
Donaldson v. Becket (1774) 4 Burr. 2408, 2 Bro. P.C. 129
Millar v. Taylor (1769) 4 Burr. 2303

Institutions referred to:
Court of Chancery

Legislation:
Statute of Anne, 1710, 8 Anne, c.19

Keywords:
authorship, legal concept of
common law copyright
copying, concept of
idea/expression
imitation
inventions
lobbying
natural rights
property theory
property theory, authors' property

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