Judiciary Committee Report, Washington D.C. (1830)

Source: National Archives HR21A-D13.4: House Committee on the Judiciary, 21st Cong., 2d sess., 1830, H.Rep. 3.

Citation:
Judiciary Committee Report, Washington D.C. (1830), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
respecting copy-rights

Full title original language:
N/A

Abstract:
A report written by William Ellsworth and submitted by the Judiciary Committee to Congress. The report proposed various amendments to the Copyright Act including extension of copyright term and explicit recognition of copyright in printed music. The report presented both a utilitarian and a natural rights justification of copyright and advocated harmonization with what it presented as the copyright law of various European nations. The report resulted in the 1831 Copyright Act.

Commentary: No commentaries for this record.

Bibliography:
  • Webster, Noah. 'Origin of the Copy-right Laws of the United States.' In A Collection of Papers on Political, Literary and Moral Subjects. New York: Webster & Clark, 1843.

  • Unger, H.G. Noah Webster: The Life and Times of an American Patriot. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998.

  • Micklethwait, David. Noah Webster and the American Dictionary, Jefferson N.C.: McFarland, 2000.


Related documents in this database:
1826: Minutes of the 1825-1826 Commission
1826: Letter from Daniel Webster to Noah Webster
1828: H.R. 140 Committee Bill
1828: H.R. 140 Consolidated Bill
1831: Copyright Act
1831: House Debate

Author: William Ellsworth

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1830

Location: Washington D.C.

Language: English

Source: National Archives HR21A-D13.4: House Committee on the Judiciary, 21st Cong., 2d sess., 1830, H.Rep. 3.

Persons referred to:
Charles X
Ellsworth, William W.

Places referred to:
Europe
France
Germany
Great Britain
Norway
Russia
Sweden

Cases referred to:
Millar v. Taylor (1769) 4 Burr. 2303

Institutions referred to:
Court of King's Bench
Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senate
Parliament
U.S. Congress

Legislation:
Copyright Act, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.156
French Imperial decree on the book trade 1810
Prussian Statute Book 1794 (ALR)
Russian Council of State decree (1830), on the duration of copyright
Statute of Anne, 1710, 8 Ann. c. 19
U.S. Constitutional Copyright Clause 1789
U.S. Copyright Act 1790, 1 Stat. 124 (1790)
U.S. Copyright Act 1802 (Amendment of 1790 Act), 2 Stat. 171 (1802)

Keywords:
common law copyright
duration
duration, post mortem term
incentives
labour theory
learning, the advancement of
monopoly
music, protected subject matter
natural rights
property theory, authors' property
renewal
scholarly writing
utilitarianism

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