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French Decree of 30 August 1777, on the duration of privileges (1777)

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Commentary on the French Decree of 30 August 1777

Frédéric Rideau

Faculty of Law, University of Poitiers, France

 

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Rideau, F. (2010) ‘Commentary on the French Decree of 30 August 1777', in Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

 

1. Full title

2. Abstract

3. References

 

1. Full title

Decree of the King's Council of State, containing regulations on the duration of book trade privileges. 30 August 1777

 

2. Abstract

Like the 1774 Donaldson v. Beckett case in Great Britain, the French royal provisions of 30 August 1777, regarding the duration of exclusive privileges, constitute a fundamental date in the history of literary property. In this last important set of regulations of the book trade under the Ancien Régime, the Crown did indeed seem to be granting authors an absolute property right emanating from the fact of creation (something that the Parisian booksellers and their lawyers had been asserting from the 1720s onwards). At same time, however, the ruling of the King's Council restricted the exercise of this property right when the privilege was transferred (normally to a bookseller). For this reason, the logic of this new legislation was highly criticized. Nevertheless, one major impact of this decree on the evolving book trade in France was the limitation of literary monopolies, much as in England at around the same time.

 

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