Le Chapelier's report, Paris (1791)

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Report of Le Chapelier on Dramatic Author's property (with the Decree adopted by the National Assembly)

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Le Chapelier's report on Dramatic Author's property is often mentioned in the literary property historical debates for its famous assertion on the most sacred of all properties at last secured by revolutionary legislation ('La plus sacrée, la plus légitime, la plus inattaquable et, si je puis parler ainsi, la plus personnelle de toutes les propriétés, est l'ouvrage, fruit de la pensée d'un écrivainâ%80%A6'), in fact two years before Lakanal's preamble to the artistic and literary property law (July 1793). Whatever 'personal' the nature of property may have been to its author, the new legislation was however more complicated to interpret than it seemed, as duration, before the 'public property' had to start, remained thoroughly limited in time.

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Author: Le Chapelier

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Year: 1791

Location: Paris

Language: French

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Persons referred to:
Corneille, Pierre
Crébillon, Prosper Jolyot de
Le Chapelier, Isaac René Guy
Louis XIV
Racine, Jean
Voltaire, François Marie Arouet de

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Comité de Constitution (National Assembly)
National Assembly (1789-1791)

French law of 13 January 1791, concerning the works of living playwrights
Statute of Anne, 1710, 8 Anne, c.19

Enlightenment, the
French Revolution
authors' remuneration
authorship, legal concept of
authorship, romantic concept of
duration, post mortem term
immoral works
interest groups
natural rights
penalties, paid to author(s)
personality theory
private domain
privileges, French
property theory, authors' property
public domain
public good
public performance

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