Imperial Privilege for Arnolt Schlick, Speyer (1511)

Source: Marienbibliothek Halle

Imperial Privilege for Arnolt Schlick, Speyer (1511), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Imperial Privilege for Arnolt Schlick Printed in his 'Mirror of Organ Makers and Organ Players' regarding this Book Plus a Prospective Edition of Music

Full title original language:
Spiegel der Orgelmacher vn Organisten allen Stifften vn kirch || so Orgel halte Oder mache lassen hochnützlich. durch den hochberüm||pten vn kunstreichen Meyster Arnolt Schlicken Pfaltzgrauischen || Organiste artlich verfaß vß Römischer Kaißerlicher maiestat || sonder löblicher befreyhug vn begnadg auffgericht vn außgang.||

Under the reign of Maximilian I, most privileges were granted on the grounds of personal relations between authors and the Imperial court. From the available historical records Schlick comes across as a famous musician, and Maximilian as a ruler of great culture who was particularly interested in books and typographic questions. This commentary will look at Emperor Maximilian's interest in the arts and sciences as a basis for granting privileges; at other sixteenth-century privileges for composers; at early requests for statutory copies; and at the standardisation of the Imperial privilege system around 1590.

1 Commentary:

  • Pohlmann, Hansjörg. Die Frühgeschichte des musikalischen Urheberrechts (ca. 1400-1800): Neue Materialien zur Entwicklung des Urheberrechtsbewußtseins der Komponisten (Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1962)

  • Koppitz, Hans-Joachim. 'Kaiserliche Privilegien für das Augsburger Druckgewerbe', in Augsburger Buchdruck und Verlagswesen von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart, ed. by Helmut Gier and Johannes Janota (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1997), 41-53

  • Eisenhardt, Ulrich. Die kaiserliche Aufsicht über Buchdruck, Buchhandel und Presse im Heiligen Römischen Reich Deutscher Nation (1496-1806): Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Bücher- und Pressezensur (Karlsruhe: C.F. Müller, 1970)

Related documents in this database:
1515: Imperial Privilege for Konrad Peutinger
1512: Lyrical Reference to an Imperial privilege for Arnolt Schlick
1531: Francis I's letter patent to Pierre Attaignant
1552: General privilege granted to Adrien Le Roy and Robert Ballard

Author: Arnolt Schlick

Publisher: Peter Drach III

Year: 1511

Location: Speyer

Language: German

Source: Marienbibliothek Halle

Persons referred to:
Maximilian I
Philip of Wittelsbach
Schlick, Arnolt
Serntein, Zyprian von

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