Free Trade Regulations , Madrid (1762)

Source: Biblioteca Nacional de España; BNE. pages 135-136 from Novísima recopilación de las Leyes de España. (Madrid : [s.n.], 1805-1807) -Signature 1/6722.

Free Trade Regulations , Madrid (1762), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Royal Order declaring Absolute Freedom to sell books without retail price established by the laws of the Kingdom, with the exception of those of essential necessity

Full title original language:
Real Orden declarando la absoluta libertad en la venta de libros sin la tasa prevenida por la ley del Reyno, á excepcion de los de primera necesidad

According to some historians, the appearance of the “tasa” (the official price printed on a book’s preliminary pages) is one of the distinctive historical elements of the production of Spanish books in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The liberalisation of price regulations connected with a more permissive view on the circulation of books in Spain and allowed for a modern system of copyright to emerge. It is precisely by focusing on the materiality of market transactions and the market’s regulatory conditions (e.g., prices) that the making of copyright appears through different historical lenses.

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  • De los Reyes Gómez, F. “La tasa en el libro español antiguo” Pliegos de Bibliofilia 4, 1998, pp. 35-52

  • De Eguizábal, J. E., “Apuntes para una historia de la legislación española sobre imprenta desde el año 1480 al presente” (Madrid: Imp. de la Revista de legislación, 1873)

  • Moner, M., Arredondo, M. S. and Civil, P. (eds) Paratextos en la literatura española: siglos XV-XVIII (Madrid: Casa de Velázquez, 2009)

  • Danvila y Collado, M., La propiedad intelectual. Legislación española y extranjera. Comentada, concordada y esplicada según la historia, la filosofía, la jurisprudencia y los tratados” (Madrid: Imprenta de la Correspondencia de España, 1882)

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1506: Nebrija's Printing Privilege
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1558: Censorship Rules
1604: Petition for licence and privilege by Cervantes

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Publisher: Novísima recopilación de las Leyes de España

Year: 1762

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Biblioteca Nacional de España; BNE. pages 135-136 from Novísima recopilación de las Leyes de España. (Madrid : [s.n.], 1805-1807) -Signature 1/6722.

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books, protected subject matter
compulsory licensing
free trade
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