Copyright Act, London (1842)

Source: Durham University Library

Citation:
Copyright Act, London (1842), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Copyright Law Amendment Act, 1842, 5 & 6 Vict., c.45

Full title original language:
N/A

Abstract:
The Act providing authors with the first post-mortem term of copyright protection. The term of copyright was to last either for the life of the author plus seven years after his or her death, or for forty-two years from the first publication of the same (whichever was longer). The commentary briefly discusses Thomas Noon Talfourd's repeated attempts to secure such legislation between 1837 and 1841, the opposition he experienced thereto (including Thomas Babington Macaulay's famous speech in the House of Commons on 5 February 1841 against extending the copyright term), and the success which Lord Mahon had in finally securing the Act in 1842.

1 Commentary:
commentary_uk_1842

Bibliography:
  • Stewart, R., Henry Brougham, His Public Career 1778-1868 (London: The Bodley Head, 1986)

  • Seville, C., Literary Copyright Reform in Early Victorian England: The Framing of the 1842 Copyright Act (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)

  • Foot, M.R.D., & Matthew, H.C.G., eds, The Gladstone Diaries, vol.III (1840-47) (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974)


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Author: N/A

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1842

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Durham University Library

Persons referred to:
Anne
George III
Victoria
William IV

Places referred to:
East Indies
Great Britain
Guernsey
Ireland
Jersey
Scotland
West Indies

Cases referred to:
N/A

Institutions referred to:
Bodleian Library, Oxford
British Museum
Cambridge University Library
Court of Common Pleas
Court of Queen's Bench
Eton College
Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh
Parliament
Stationers' Company
Stationers' Hall
Trinity College, Dublin
University and King's College of Aberdeen
University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
University of Oxford
University of St Andrews
Westminster School
Winchester College

Legislation:
Copyright Act, 1801, 41 Geo.III, c.107
Copyright Act, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.156
Dramatic Literary Property Act, 1833, 3 & 4 Will.IV, c.15
Statute of Anne, 1710, 8 Anne, c.19

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foreign reprints
importation
inheritability
libraries
maps, protected subject matter
music, protected subject matter
new editions
oral works, protected subject matter
penalties
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