Simon Marion's plea on privileges (1586)

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France : Mss. Fr. 22071 n°28

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Second plea concerning the printing of the 'Works of Seneca', revised and annotated by the late Marc Antoine de Muret

Full title original language:
Plaidoyez second sur l'impression des Oeuvres de Seneque, reveues & annotées par feu Marc Antoine de Muret

It is not easy to find theoretical statements about the legal interests of the author in his work for the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, although in practice authors could eventually count on receiving some form of remuneration in exchange for the transfer of their original manuscript, especially from the end of the sixteenth century onwards. Simon Marion's plea before the Parlement of Paris (the supreme judicial court of the ancien régime) is often cited as the first explicit apprehension of the author's right, that is, as a right specific to him, deriving from his own labour and, in particular, the absolute right to communicate his work freely to the public. Although the reasons for which Marion won his case for his clients remain enigmatic, this famous judicial decision has also been referred to as a first step towards the recognition of literary property.

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Author: Simon Marion (1540-1605)

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1586

Location: N/A

Language: French

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France : Mss. Fr. 22071 n°28

Persons referred to:
Bey, Gilles
Marion, Simon
Muret, Marc Antoine de
Puys, Jacques du
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus

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Institutions referred to:
University of Paris (Sorbonne)


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book market
classics, Greek and Latin
labour theory
learning, the advancement of
moral obligations
natural rights
patents, printing
privileges, printing
property analogies
property theory, authors' property
public domain
scholarly writing

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