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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1741Pope's Bill of Complaint, and Curl's Answer (United Kingdom)
1801* Copyright Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]
1814Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (18 July) (United Kingdom)
1818Select Committee Report: Minutes of Evidence (United Kingdom)
1832Select Committee Report: Dramatic Literature (United Kingdom)
1832Parliamentary Debates on Drama and Dramatic Literature (31 May) (United Kingdom)
1842* Lowndes' Historical Sketch of the Law of Copyright (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]
1853Blaine's Laws of Artistic Copyright (United Kingdom)
1860Turner v. Robinson (United Kingdom)
1862* Fine Art Copyright Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]
1862Fine Art Copyright Bill (20 March) (United Kingdom)
1878Royal Commission on Copyright: Minutes of Evidence (United Kingdom)