This is a freely-accessible, publicly-funded digital archive that collects together significant documents relating to the history of copyright law and practice. The documents have been selected by national editors, with the input of an editorial advisory board. Key documents are, where appropriate, transcribed and translated. The editors have written commentaries, explaining the reasons for selecting documents and their significance. The project was launched in 2008, initially funded by the AHRC in relation to 5 countries. Since 2024 it is supported by the AHRC as UK research infrastructure. The archive now extends to more than 20 (including historical and religious) jurisdictions and over 700 primary source documents. They can be browsed by date/language/jurisdiction, or searched.

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1511* Imperial Privilege for Arnolt Schlick Commentary: [1]
1512Lyrical Reference to an Imperial privilege for Arnolt Schlick
1513* Imperial privilege for Eucharius Rösslin Commentary: [1]
1525Luther's 'Admonition to the Printers'
1531* Basel Printers' Statute Commentary: [1]
1533* Schott v. Egenolph Commentary: [1]
1534Privilege of the Elector of Saxony
1545* Luther's 'Warning to the Printers' Commentary: [1]
1724* Electoral Saxon Printing and Censorship Acts from 1549 to 1717 Commentary: [1]
1591A publisher's 'Friendly Reminder' about reprints
1598Frankfurt Printers' Ordinance
1713* 'Books Constitution' of Emperor Rudolf II Commentary: [1]
1657Preface to Silesius's Chant Book
1658* Schupp: The Book Thief Commentary: [1]
1660* Frankfurt Printers' Ordinance Commentary: [1]
1666Henning: The Highly Lauded Bookmaker
1673Nuremberg Printers' Ordinance
1675* Counterfeited Privilege in Grimmelshausen's 'The Magic Bird's Nest' Commentary: [1]
1690Amendment to the Frankfurt Printers' Ordinance
1690Beier: On the Book Trade and its Privileges
1713Augsburg Printers' Ordinance
1740Privilege of the Protestant Swiss Cantons
1740* Encyclopaedia Article on 'The Reprinting of Books' Commentary: [1]
1750Fritsch: Treatise on Book Printers, Booksellers, Paper Manufacturers and Bookbinders
1765* Philipp Erasmus Reich and the Leipzig publishers' cartel Commentary: [1]
1765Reich v. Pauli
1766Prussian Cabinet Order
1773* Saxonian Statute Commentary: [1]
1773Reimarus: The publishing of books
1773Reich: On Book Publishing
1773On Klopstock's proclamation of a 'Republic of Scholars'
1774* Pütter: The Reprinting of Books Commentary: [1]
1774The Justified Reprinter
1774Imperial Privilege for a reprint series
1774The justified reprinter
1774Booktrade in Austria
1781Chodowiecki's Allegory 'Works of Darkness'
1785* Austrian Statutes on Censorship and Printing Commentary: [1]
1784Cella: On Reprinting of Books
1785* Kant: On the Unlawfulness of Reprinting Commentary: [1]
1785Imperial privilege for Aloysius Blumauer's Travesty of Virgil's 'Aeneid'
1786The Slandered Man
1788On literature and the book trade in Austria
1789Becker: On the property right in intellectual works
1790The Blue Man (pseudonym): Reprinting, contra and pro
1790Vindication of property against robbery
1790* J.F.F. Ganz's draft for a general ban on reprinting within the whole Empire Commentary: [1]
1790J.F.F. Ganz's draft for a general ban of reprinting [extended version]
1791Reimarus: Book Publishing
1792Knigge: On the Reprinting of Books
1792 [1791]Müller: On Publication Piracy
1792Reimarus: Publishing right with regard to reprinting
1793* Fichte: Proof of the Unlawfulness of Reprinting Commentary: [1]
1794* Prussian Statute Book (ALR) Commentary: [1]
1794* Contract between Schiller and Cotta
1796Lobethan: On Publishers' Privileges
1799* Kehr: Apology of the Reprinting of Books Commentary: [1]
1806Reprinting Regulation for the Grand Duchy of Baden
1809* Baden Civil Code Commentary: [1]
1813Bavarian Penal Law Book
1815* Annotated Publishers' Petition to the Congress of Vienna Commentary: [1]
1821* Hegel: Remarks on Intellectual Property Commentary: [1]
1824* Neustetel: The Reprinting of Books Commentary: [1]
1827* Treaties on reciprocal protection between Prussia and various German States Commentary: [1]
1827* Kramer: Rights of Writers and Publishers Commentary: [1]
1829Music publishers' agreement to ban reprinting
1829Printing statutes in the Canton of Zürich
1829Hessen Copyright Act
1830* Amended music publishers' agreement against piracy Commentary: [1]
1832* Gans: On the right to perform published stage plays Commentary: [1]
1834Review of Neustetel's book
1835* Copyright statement of Johann Strauss for Austria and Prussia Commentary: [1]
1837* Prussian Copyright Act Commentary: [1]
1837* Directive for reciprocal copyright protection within the German Confederation Commentary: [1]
1838Ordinance on the Establishment of Societies of Copyright Experts
1840* Bilateral Treaty between Austria and Sardinia Commentary: [1]
1840Hölzl: On Reprinting of books
1844* Saxon Copyright Act Commentary: [1]
1844Commentary on the Saxon Copyright Act
1846* Bilateral Treaty between Prussia and Britain Commentary: [1]
1846Expert Opinion on Schelling v. Paulus
1846* Austrian Copyright Act Commentary: [1]
1846Handbook of German press legislation
1848Expert opinions of the Prussian Literary Experts' Association 1838-1847
1852Theory of Reprinting. Presented according to the directives of the German Confederation
1853Bilateral Treaty between Hamburg and Great Britain
1853* Bluntschli: On Authors' Rights Commentary: [1]
1857* Wächter: 'Publishing Right' Commentary: [1]
1867* Schäffle: 'Authors' rights as an artificial means for safeguarding remuneration and annuities' Commentary: [1]
1867* Mandry: Commentary on the Bavarian Copyright Act of 1865 Commentary: [1]
1870* Copyright Act for the German Empire Commentary: [1]
1870Societies of Copyright Experts
1876* Copyright Acts for the German Empire regarding works of art, photography, and designs Commentary: [1]
1877* Gareis: Juridical Nature of Author's Rights Commentary: [1]
1880* Kohler: Author's Right Commentary: [1]
1884Bilateral treaty between Switzerland and France
1884* Orelli: 'Swiss Copyright Act 1883 with comments and appendices' Commentary: [1]
189150 Prussian Expert Opinions from 1870-1876
1892* Bilateral treaty between the German Reich and the U.S.A. Commentary: [1]