Royal Charter for Licensing , Madrid (1554)

Source: Biblioteca Nacional de España; BNE. page 123 from Novísima recopilación de las Leyes de España. (Madrid: [s.n.], 1805-1807) -Signature 1/6722.

Royal Charter for Licensing , Madrid (1554), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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             LAW II.
King Charles I and Prince Philippe, ord.
from the Council. Corunna, 1554 chap. 14
Rules to be followed by the Council
on licences to print new
We order that henceforth
licences granted to print new books,
of whatever quality, to be issued by the
President and the members of our Council,
and not elsewhere. We order the Council
to carefully study them before the grant; because
we have been informed that [these licences]
have been easily granted and useless and profitless
books and books containing impertinent
things have been printed. And therefore,
we order that in the case of important works,
the original manuscript shall be retained
so nothing can be added or amended
in the printed sheets.
(Law 48. Tit. 4. book 2. R)


             LEY II.

D. Cárlos I y el Príncipe Felipe en las ord.
del Consejo hechas en la Coruña año 1554 cap. 14

Reglas que se han de observar en el Consejo
sobre licencias para imprimir libros

Mandamos, que de aquí adelante las
licencias que se dieren para imprimir de
nuevo algunos libros, de cualquier con-
dicion que sean, se den por el Presidente
y los del nuestro Consejo, y no en otras
partes: a los quales encargamos, los vean
y exáminen con todo cuidado, ántes que
den las dichas licencias; porque somos in-
formados, que de haberse dado con facili-
dad, se han impreso libros inútiles y sin
provecho alguno, y donde se hallan cosas
impertinentes. Y bien asi mandamos, que
en las obras de importancia, quando se
diere la dicha licencia, el original se pon-
ga en dicho Consejo porque ninguna
cosa se pueda añadir o alterar en la impre
sion(Ley 48. Tit. 4. libro 2. R)


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