Austrian Copyright Act (1846)

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Austrian Copyright Act (1846), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Austrian Law for the protection of literary and artistic property against unauthorised publication, reprinting and reproduction. 1846.

Full title original language:
Gesetz zum Schutze des literarischen und artistischen Eigenthumes gegen unbefugte Veröffentlichung, Nachdruck und Nachbildung [vom 19. Oktober 1846]

The author was invested with an exclusive right by this Act, which incorporated the copyright terms set out in the federal resolutions of 1837 (d_1837) - 30 years p.m.a. for printed works - and 1845 - 10 years p.m.a. for performing rights, as long as these had been explicitly reserved. An exclusive right to publish a translation could be reserved for one year (§ 5c). Likewise, music publishers and composers could reserve for one year the right to an 'arrangement or adaptation of a musical composition for different, or less, instruments'. The restrictions on translations and musical compositions led to protests by publishers from both Austria and other member states of the German Confederation.

1 Commentary:

  • Schuster, Heinrich, 'Die Entstehung des Urheberrechtspatentes vom 19. Oktober 1846. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der österreischischen Gesetzgebung', 'Juristische Blätter' 20 (1891): 279-280, 291-294, 303-305, 315-318, 327-313, 393-341 (Prague: H. Domenicus, 1891). Reprinted in 'UFITA' (= 'Archiv für Urheber- und Medienrecht') (2000): 513-562

  • Hofmeister, Herbert, 'Die Entwicklung des Urheberrechts in Österreich vom aufgeklärten Absolutismus bis zum Jahre 1895' in Roland Dittrich (ed.), 'Woher kommt das Urheberrecht und wohin geht es?' (Vienna: Manz, 1988), 135-146

  • Harum, Peter, 'Die gegenwärtige österreichische Pressgesetzgebung' (Vienna: Manz, 1857)

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Central Book Censorship Commission (Vienna)

Austrian Civil Statute Book 1811
Austrian Copyright Act 1846

anonymous works
applied art, protected subject matter
architecture, protected subject matter
attribute, obligation to
author/publisher relations
authorship, corporate
authorship, joint or collaborative
authorship, legal concept of
books, protected subject matter
copying, concept of
dramatic works, protected subject matter
drawings, protected subject matter
duration, post mortem term
editions, new
excluded subject matter
maps, protected subject matter
music, protected subject matter
oral works, protected subject matter
paintings, protected subject matter
privileges, Austrian
public performance
translation, right of
translations, of contemporary works
translations, protection of
unpublished works

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