Copyright Acts for the German Empire regarding works of art, photography, and designs, Berlin (1876)

Source: Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt

Copyright Acts for the German Empire regarding works of art, photography, and designs, Berlin (1876), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Statute concerning author's rights to designs and models, of 11 January 1876.

Full title original language:
Gesetz betreffend das Urheberrecht an Mustern und Modellen. Vom 11. Januar 1876.

The driving force for leaving out these issues in 1870 was the Prussian Ministry of Commerce, which sought to maintain the absence of any protection for industrial designs and to defend the freedom to use works of art for industrial products, as had been conceded in §.9 of the Prussian Copyright Act of 1837. The commentary will focus on early discussions on copyright for photographs.

1 Commentary:

  • Wadle, Elmar, 'Geistiges Eigentum', vol. 2 (Munich: Beck, 2003)

  • Ricke, Stefan, 'Entwicklung des rechtlichen Schutzes von Fotografien in Deutschland' (Münster: LIT Verlag, 1998)

  • Cornwall, James E., 'Die Geschichte der Photographie in Berlin - 1839 bis 1900', 'Mitteilungen der Vereins für die Geschichte Berlins' 1 (1976)

Related documents in this database:
1870: Copyright Act for the German Empire
1862: Court of Cassation on photography
1862: Fine Art Copyright Act

Author: N.N.

Publisher: Kaiserliches Postzeitungsamt

Year: 1876

Location: Berlin

Language: German

Source: Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt

Persons referred to:
Bismarck, Otto von
Wilhelm I

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Bundesrat of the German Empire
Imperial State Chancery (Berlin)
Leipzig Commercial Court
Reichstag of the German Empire

Copyright Act for the German Empire 1870
Copyright Acts for the German Empire 1876

anonymous works
applied art, protected subject matter
art market
attribute, obligation to
authorship, legal concept of
drawings, protected subject matter
duration, post mortem term
international agreements, bilateral
paintings, protected subject matter
photography, protected subject matter
public domain
sculpture, protected subject matter
societies, copyright

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