Fine Art Copyright Act, London (1862)

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Citation:
Fine Art Copyright Act, London (1862), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Fine Art Copyright Act, 1862, 25 & 26 Vict., c.68

Full title original language:
N/A

Abstract:
The commentary explores the background to the legislation, and in particular, the international copyright regime, the nature of the art market in eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the role of the Society of Artists in lobbying for legislative protection, and the impetus which the International Exhibition provided for securing the same. The commentary also considers how the 1862 Bill, in its earliest incarnation, incorporated elements that would have signalled a radical departure from established copyright norms. In particular, the Bill proposed: that copyright protection should not be contingent upon registration; and that protection should be offered on a universal basis, regardless of an artists' nationality, and regardless of where the work in question was created.

1 Commentary:
commentary_uk_1862

Bibliography:
  • Reitlinger, G., The Economics of Taste, The Rise and Fall of Picture Prices 1760-1960 (London: Barrie and Rockliff, 1961)

  • Pears, I., The Discovery of Painting. The Growth of the Interest in Arts in England 1680-1768 (New Haven, Connecticut & London: Yale University Press: 1988)

  • Lippincott, L., Selling Art in Georgian England: The Rise of Arthur Pond (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1983)

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Author: N/A

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1862

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Durham Univeristy Library

Persons referred to:
Victoria

Places referred to:
Dublin
England
Ireland
Scotland
Westminster

Cases referred to:
N/A

Institutions referred to:
Court of Sessions, Scotland
Parliament
Stationers' Hall

Legislation:
Copyright Amendment Act, 1842, 5 & 6 Vict., c.45
Fine Art Copyright Act, 1862, 25 & 26 Vict., c.68

Keywords:
art market
copy
drawings, protected subject matter
duration
duration, post mortem term
fraud
importation
international agreements, bilateral
lobbying
originality
paintings, protected subject matter
photography, protected subject matter
registration
reputation
transferability

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