Bilateral Treaty between Prussia and Britain (1846)

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Bilateral Treaty between Prussia and Britain (1846), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Bilateral Treaty between Prussia and Great Britain

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Convention of 13 May 1846 between Prussia and Great Britain regarding international copyright, together with the amendment of 14 June 1855, as published in the Code of Law of the Grand Duchy of Hessen on the occasion of the latter's accession to the treaty on 31 December 1861

The Convention between Prussia and Great Britain was the second international copyright treaty involving a state from the German Confederation after the treaty between Austria and Sardinia (d_1840). British nationals were granted full Prussian copyright for works published in Great Britain and vice versa, provided that the specified formalities were complied with: Prussian nationals had to register their works with the London copyright register at Stationers' Hall. In Prussia, whose native subjects did not have to fulfil any formalities in order to enjoy copyright for books and works of music, a special register account was opened and administered by the Ministry for Religious, Educational, and Medical Affairs to register the books which British subjects wanted to be protected in Prussia. An accession clause was provided (Article 8) for members of the German Customs Union. In this way the Kingdom of Saxony and several other smaller states, such as the Grand Duchy of Hessen-Darmstadt were able to sign up to the Convention subsequently. The commentary focuses on the international exchange of books protection given for translations, as included in the Amendment of 1855.

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Related documents in this database:
1853: Bilateral Treaty between Hamburg and Great Britain
1838: International Copyright Act
1844: International Copyright Act

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Year: 1846

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Language: German

Source: Private Collection

Persons referred to:
Bernstorff, Albrecht, Count von
Canitz und Dallwitz, Karl Ernst Wilhelm, Freiherr von
Clarendon, George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of
Frederick William IV
Neidhardt, Karl von
Stanley, Edward John, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley
Westmorland, John Fane, 11th Earl of

Places referred to:
Great Britain

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Board of Trade, London
German Customs Union (Zollverein)
Prussian Ministry for Religious, Educational, and Medical Affairs
Stationers' Company

Anglo-Prussian Copyright Treaty 1846
Copyright Amendment Act, 1842, 5 & 6 Vict., c.45
International Copyright Act, 1838, 1 & 2 Vict., c.59
International Copyright Act, 1844, 7 & 8 Vict., c.12
Prussian Copyright Act 1837

book market
book trade
books, protected subject matter
classics, Greek and Latin
dramatic works, protected subject matter
drawings, protected subject matter
engravings, protected subject matter
fair use
foreign reprints
international agreements, bilateral
music, protected subject matter
paintings, protected subject matter
public performance
sculpture, protected subject matter
translation, right of
translations, of contemporary works
translations, protection of

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