A Treatise on the Law of Copyright, Boston (1847)

Source: The University of Texas Tarlton Law Library K 1420.5 C87 1847: George Ticknor Curtis, A Treatise on the Law of Copyright (Boston: C.C. Little and J. Brown, 1847).

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A Treatise on the Law of Copyright, Boston (1847), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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A Treatise on the Law of Copyright

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The First American legal treatise on the subject of copyright. The treatise, written by George Ticknor Curtis and published in 1847, anticipated the major developments of copyright law and doctrine during the nineteenth century. The commentary describes the intellectual environment that may have sparked the interest of Curtis in the field and helped to shape his outlook. It goes on to describe the general themes of the treatise, its theoretical, historical, and doctrinal content, and its reception by contemporary observers.

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  • Calhoun, Richard Frank. George Ticknor Curtis: Nineteenth-Century Constitutional Historian and Publicist. PhD diss., University of Maryland at College Park, 2001.


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Author: George Ticknor Curtis

Publisher: C.C. Little and J. Brown

Year: 1847

Location: Boston

Language: English

Source: The University of Texas Tarlton Law Library K 1420.5 C87 1847: George Ticknor Curtis, A Treatise on the Law of Copyright (Boston: C.C. Little and J. Brown, 1847).

Persons referred to:
Adam, Alexander
Addison, Joseph
Anne
Aristotle
Aston, Richard
Atkyns, Sir Edward
Azuni, Domenico Alberto
Bacon, Francis
Baldwin, Henry
Bancroft, George
Barbeyrac, Jean
Baskett, Thomas
Bathurst, Henry, 2nd Earl
Beattie, James
Bell, George Joseph
Bently, Richard
Bickersteth, Henry, 1st Baron Langdale
Blackstone, William
Burke, Edmund
Burke, Peter
Burlamaqui, Jean Jacques
Burnet, Dr. Thomas
Burrow, Sir James
Byron, George Gordon, 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale
Camden, Charles Pratt, 1st Earl
Charles II
Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of
Clarke, Sir Thomas
Coke, Sir Edward
Colburn, Warren
Copley, John Singleton, 1st Baron Lyndhurst
Croke, Sir George
Curtis, George Ticknor
Douglas, Charles, 3rd Duke of Queensberry
Dunning, John
Edward I
Eldon, John Scott, 1st Earl of
Elizabeth I
Ellenborough, Edward Law, 1st Baron
Erskine, Thomas, 1st Baron
Evans, Sir William David
Eyre, Sir James
Fenton, Elijah
Fox, Charles James
Gadbury, John
Godson, Richard
Gould, Benjamin Apthorp, Sr.
Grafton, Richard
Gray, Thomas
Grotius, Hugo
Gwyn, Francis
Hale, Sir Matthew
Hawkesworth, John
Henley, Robert, 1st Earl of Northington
Henry VIII
Holt, Sir John
Homer
Hume, David
Hurd, Richard
Hyde, Edward, 1st Earl of Clarendon
Hyde, Henry, 2nd Earl of Clarendon
Irving, Washington
James I
Jekyll, Joseph
Johnson, Samuel
Justinian I
Kent, James
Kenyon, Lloyd Kenyon, 1st Baron
Laplace, Pierre Simon, Marquis de
Lawrence, Sir William
Leach, Sir John
Locke, John
Locré, Jean-Guillaume, Baron de
Lyttelton, Thomas, 2nd Baron Lyttelton of Frankley
Madison, James
Mansfield, William Murray, 1st Earl
Martin, John
Maugham, Robert
Maury, Jean Siffrein
McLean, John
Merlin, Philippe-Antoine
Millar, Andrew
Milton, John
Moore, Thomas
Murphy, Arthur
Napoleon I
Nelson, Robert
Newton, Thomas
Onslow, George
Pardessus, Jean-Marie
Parker, Thomas
Parsons, Theophilus
Pepys, Charles Christopher, 1st Earl of Cottenham
Peters, Richard, Jr.
Plumer, Sir Thomas
Pope, Alexander
Pothier, Robert-Joseph
Pradon, Jacques
Priestley, Joseph
Pufendorf, Samuel, Freiherr von
Racine, Jean
Renouard, Augustin-Charles
Richard II
Robertson, William
Rolle, Henry
Romilly, Samuel
Rutherforth, Thomas
Selden, John
Sewell, Thomas
Shadwell, Lancelot
Shakespeare, William
Shebbeare, John
Simmons, Samuel
Skynner, Sir John
Smythe, Sir Sidney Stafford
Southey, Robert
Stair, John Dalrymple, 5th Earl
Steele, Sir Richard
Story, Joseph
Strahan, William
Streater, John
Sumner, Charles
Swift, Jonathan
Talbot, Charles, 1st Baron Talbot
Talfourd, Thomas Noon
Taylor, Robert
Tenterden, Charles Abbott, 1st Baron
Thompson, Smith
Thomson, James
Thurlow, Edward, 1st Baron
Tindal, Sir Nicholas Conyngham
Tonson, Jacob, 'the Elder'
Tyler, Wat
Virgil
Wallis, John
Walworth, Reuben Hyde
Ward, Roger
Washington, Bushrod
Washington, George
Wedderburn, Alexander, 1st Earl of Rosslyn
Wheaton, Henry
Wigram, Sir James
Willes, Edward
William III
Wolfe, John
Woodfall, Henry
Wordsworth, William
Yates, Joseph
Yorke, Philip, 1st Earl of Hardwicke
de Grey, William
de La Rochette, Louis Stanislas d'Arcy

Places referred to:
America
Belgium
Birmingham
Boston, Massachusetts
Connecticut
Denmark
England
France
Germany
Great Britain
Massachusetts
Netherlands
Norway
Paris
Pennsylvania
Rome
Russia
Sardinia
Spain
Sweden

Cases referred to:
Abernethy v. Hutchinson (1825) 1 H. & TW. 28
Bach v. Longman (1777) 2 Cowp. 623
Barfield v. Nicholson (1824), 2 Sim. & S. 1
Basket v. University of Cambridge (1758) 2 Keny. 397, 1 Black W. 105, 2 Burr. 661
Baskett v. Cunningham (1762)
Beckford v. Hood (1798) 7 D. & E. 620
Bell v Whitehead (1839)
Bell v. Locke (8 Paige, 75)
Bell v. Walker and Debrett (1785) 1 Bro.C.C. 451
Bentley v. Foster (1839) 10 Sim. 329
Binns v. Woodruff (1821)
Blackwell v. Harper (1740) 2 Atk. 93
Brandreth v. Lance, 8 Paige Ch. 24 (NY. Ch. 1839)
Brooks v. Cock (1835), 3 Ad. & E. 141
Burnet v. Chetwood (1721) 2 Mer. 441
Butterworth v. Robinson (1801)
Byron v. Johnston (1816) 2 Meriv., 29
Campbell v. Scott (1842) 6 Jur. 186
Carnan v. Bowles (1786) 1 Cox 283
Cary v. Faden, 5 Ves. 24 (1799)
Cary v. Kearsley (1804) 4 Esp. 168
Cary v. Longman (1801) 1 East 358
Chappell v. Purday (1845) 14 M. & W. 303
Clayton v. Stone, 5 F. Cases 999 (S.D.N.Y. 1829)
Clementi v. Goulding (1809) 11 East 244
Clementi v. Walker (1824) 2 B. & C. 861
Colburn v. Simms (1843)
Coleman v. Wathen (1793) 5 D. & E. 245
Crutwell v. Lye (1810)
Cumberland v. Planché (1834) 1 AD. & E. 580
D'Almaine v. Boosey (1835) 1 Y. & C. 288
De Berenger v. Wheble (1819) 2 Stark 548
Denis v. LeClerc (1811)
Dodsley v. Kinnersley (1761) Amb. 403
Donaldson v. Becket (1774) 4 Burr. 2408, 2 Bro. P.C. 129
Du Bost v. Beresford (1810) 2 Camp. 511
Duke of Queensbury v. Shebbeare (1758) 2 Eden 329
Earl of Granard v. Dunkin (1809), 1 Ball & Beatty 207
Emerson v. Davies (1845), 3 St. Rep. 780
Ewer v. Cox
Eyre v. Carnan (1781) 6 Bac Abr, 7th ed, 509
Eyre v. Walker (1735) NA, c.11 1520/29
Folsom v. Marsh (1841), Cir. Ct. Mass.
Fores v. Johnes (1802), 4 Esp. 97
Forrester v. Walker (1741) NA, c.11 867/54
Fradella v. Weller (1834), 2 R. & M. 247
Gale v. Leckie (1817), 2 Stark. 107
Gee v. Pritchard (1818), 2 Swans. 402
Gilliver v. Snaggs
Gray v. Russell, 10 F.Cas. 1035 (C.C.D. Mass. 1839)
Grierson v. Eyre
Grierson v. Jackson (1794) Ridg. L. & S. 304
Gurney v. Longman
Gyles v. Wilcox (1741) 2 Atk. 141
Harrison v. Hogg (1794) 2 Ves. Jun. 323
Hime v. Dale (1803) 11 East 244
Hogg v. Kirby (1803) 8 Ves. Jun. 215
Jeffreys v. Baldwin (1753), Amb. 164, 2nd ed.
Kelly v. Hooper (1841)
Latour v Bland (1818), 2 Stark 381
Lawrence v. Smith (1822) Jacob 471
Leclerc v. Villeprend and Brunet (1812-14)
Lewis v Fullarton (1839)
Longman v. Winchester (1809), 16 Ves. 269
Macklin v. Richardson (1770) Amb. 694
Manley v. Owen
Manners v. Blair (1828) 3 Bligh N.S. 391
Matthewson v. Stockdale (1806), 12 Ves. 270
Mawman v. Tegg (1826), 2 Russ. 385
Millar v. Donaldson (1765)
Millar v. Taylor (1769) 4 Burr. 2303
Morris v. Kelly (1820) 1 J. & W. 481
Motte v. Faulkner (1735) NA, c.11 2249/4
Murray v. Benbow (1822) The Times 2 Feb. 1822
Murray v. Elliston (1822) 5 B. & Ald. 657, The Times, 4 May 1822
Nicol v. Stockdale (1785)
Page v. Townsend (1832) 5 Sim. 395
Perceval v. Phipps (1813), 2 Ves. & B. 21, 28
Pierpont v. Fowle, 19 F. Cas. 652 (C.C.D. Mass. 1846)
Planché v. Braham (1837), 8 Car. & P. 68
Planché v. Colburn (1831), 5 C & P 58
Platt v. Button
Ponder v. Bradyll (1679), 13 Car. 2. Lill. Entr. 67
Pope v. Curl (1741) 2 Atk. 342
Read v. Hodges (1740) NA, c.11 538/36
Roper v. Streater (1672) Bac. Abr. 6th ed., Vol.IV, 209
Roworth v. Wilkes (1807) M. & R. 94
Rundell v. Murray (1821), Jac. 311
Saunders v. Smith (1838)
Sayer v. Dicey (1770), 3 Wils. 60
Sayre v. Moore (1785) 1 East 361
Sheriff v. Coates (1830), 1 Rus. & M. 159
Southey v. Sherwood (1817) 2 Mer. 435
Spottiswoode v. Clarke (1841)
Stationers' Company v. Carnan (1775) 2 W. Bl. 1004
Stationers' Company v. Parker (1686), King's Bench
Stationers' Company v. Seymour (1677) 1 Mod. 256
Stockdale v. Onwhyn (1826) 5 B&C 174
Storace v. Longman (1788) 11 East's 244
Sweet v. Cater (1841), 8 Jurist, Ch. 68
Sweet v. Maugham (1840), 11 Sim. 51
Sweet v. Shaw (1839), 17 L.J. Ch. 216
Thompson v. Stanhope (1774) Amb. 737
Thompson v. Symonds (1792), 5 T.R. 41
Tonson v. Collins (1761) 1 Black W 301
Tonson v. Collins (1762) 1 Black W 321, 1 Black W 329
Tonson v. Walker (1752) NA, c.11 1106/18, 3 Swans 672
Universities of Oxford and Cambridge v. Richardson (1803) 6 Ves. 689
Van Ness v. Packard, 2 Peter's Reports (U. S.) 144 (1829)
Vesey v. Sweet (1823) The Times, 22 July 1823
Walcot v. Walker (1803) 7 Ves. 1
Walthoe v. Walker (1736) NA, c.11 1534/62
Webb v. Powers, 29 F. Cas. 511 (C.C.D. Mass. 1847)
Webb v. Rose (1732) NA, c.11 1534/62, 1881/156
West v. Francis (1822) 5 B. & Ald. 743
Wheaton v. Peters (1834) 33 U.S. 591
White v. Geroch (1819) 2 B. & Ald. 298
Whittingham v. Wooler (1817) 2 Swanst. 428
Wilkins v. Aikin (1810) 17 Ves. Jun. 422
Wright v. Tallis, 1 C.B. 893, 906-07 (1845)
Wyatt v. Barnard (1814) 3 Ves. & B. 78

Institutions referred to:
Académie française
Bodleian Library, Oxford
British Museum
Cambridge University Library
Court of Cassation (Paris)
Court of Chancery, England
Court of Exchequer
Court of King's Bench
Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh
House of Lords
Lyon Correctional Tribunal
Massachusetts District Court
Parliament
Patent Office, U.S. Department of State
Sion College, London
Smithsonian Institution
Society of the King's Inns, Dublin
Star Chamber
Stationers' Company
Stationers' Hall
Trinity College, Dublin
U.S. Congress
U.S. Secretary of State's Office
U.S. Supreme Court
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford

Legislation:
An Act against Unlicensed and Scandalous Books and Pamphlets 1649
Belgian copyright legislation
Connecticut Copyright Statute 1783
Copyright Act, 1775, 15 Geo.III, c.53
Copyright Act, 1801, 41 Geo.III, c.107
Copyright Act, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.156
Copyright Act, 1836, 6 & 7 Will.IV, c.110
Copyright Amendment Act, 1842, 5 & 6 Vict., c.45
Copyright in Prints and Engravings (Ireland) Act, 1836, 6 & 7 Will.IV, c.59
Dramatic Literary Property Act, 1833, 3 & 4 Will.IV, c.15
Engravers' Copyright Act, 1735, 8 Geo.II, c.13
Engravers' Copyright Act, 1766, 7 Geo.III, c.38
Engravers' Copyright Act, 1777, 17 Geo.III, c.57
French Copyright Act 1793
French Imperial decree on the book trade 1810
International Copyright Act, 1838, 1 & 2 Vict., c.59
Licensing Act, 1662, 13 & 14 Car.II, c.33
Licensing Act, 1685, 1 Jac.II, c.17
Massachusetts Copyright Statute 1783
Prussian Copyright Act 1837
Publication of Lectures Act, 1835, 5 & 6 Will.IV, c.65
Russian Council of State decree (1830), on the duration of copyright
Sculpture Copyright Act, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.56
Star Chamber Decree 1586
Star Chamber Decree 1637
Statute of Anne, 1710, 8 Ann. c. 19
Statute of Monopolies, 1624, 21 Jac.I, c.3
U.S. Congress Act of 1819, giving the circuit courts original jurisdiction over copyright cases
U.S. Constitutional Copyright Clause 1789
U.S. Copyright Act 1790, 1 Stat. 124 (1790)
U.S. Copyright Act 1831, 21st Cong., 2d Sess., 4 Stat. 436

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