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All documents for Germany: Legislation Prussian Copyright Act 1837

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1837* Prussian Copyright Act Commentary: [1]
1838Ordinance on the Establishment of Societies of Copyright Experts
1846* Bilateral Treaty between Prussia and Britain Commentary: [1]
1846Expert Opinion on Schelling v. Paulus
1853* Bluntschli: On Authors' Rights Commentary: [1]
1857* Wächter: 'Publishing Right' Commentary: [1]