Artistic Copyright Bill, London, London (1900)

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

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Full title:
Copyright (Artistic) Bill; P.P. 1900 HL Bill 19

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Abstract:
The Artistic Copyright Bill 1900, was presented to the House of Lords by Lord Monkswell. It was drafted by Lord Thring, who had been a member of the House of Lords’ Select Committee that considered the Artistic Copyright Bill 1899 (uk_1899). Unlike the 1899 Bill (which treated creative and mechanical subject matter differently), the general principle of the 1900 Bill was the uniform treatment of all artistic copyright subject matter. In addition, the 1900 Bill is noteworthy for a special provision protecting sitters of commissioned portrait photographs: the copyright owner could not ‘during the life of the person photographed’ sell or exhibit copies without the consent of the person photographed (cl.18(2)). Also of interest is the extensive protection the 1900 Bill envisaged for collectors: a copyright owner, who did not also own the physical canvas, was not entitled to exercise copyright without the consent of the owner of the physical canvas (cl.5).

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Bibliography:
  • Cooper, E., Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), p.94, p.p.155-156, p.192.


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Year:
1900

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Cambridge University Library

Persons referred to:
Lord Monkswell
Victoria

Places referred to:
British possessions
Channel Islands
England
Her Majesty’s dominions
Ireland
Isle of Man
Scotland
Wales

Cases referred to:
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Institutions referred to:
House of Lords

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Keywords:
Art
Collectors
Engraving
Lord Monkswell
Lord Thring
Painting
Photographs
Portraits
Repetitions
Replicas
Sculpture
Sitters

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