Scotto v. Benalio, Venice (1503)

Source: Scanned from the manuscript held in the Venetian State Archives: ASV, Singori di Notte al Civil, b. 120, reg. 1, fol. 204r.

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Scotto v. Benalio: an early example of legal action against privilege infringement

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This is an early example of legal step taken against privilege infringement. The publisher Amadeo Scotto appealed against Bernardino Benalio who illegally printed the Arabic medical tract 'Rasis... continens omnia quae ad medicinam spectant' for which Scotti had obtained a ten-year privilege on 20 November 1500. On the 3 October 1503, Scotti was able to prosecute and the Signori di Notte al Civil (a body charged with investigating, judging and sentencing civil crimes in Venice) ordered Benalio to cease printing the book.

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  • Carlo Volpati, 'Gli Scotti di Monza tipografi-editori in Venezia', Archivio storico Lombardo 59 (1932).

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Language: Italian

Source: Scanned from the manuscript held in the Venetian State Archives: ASV, Singori di Notte al Civil, b. 120, reg. 1, fol. 204r.

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