Barcelona Newspaper' Printing Privilege, Barcelona (1792)

Source: Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona - Acuerdos de 1792, Fol. 130

Barcelona Newspaper' Printing Privilege, Barcelona (1792), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Barcelona Newspaper Printing Privilege granted to Pedro Pablo Usson de Lepazaran

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Privilegio otorgado por el Rey Carlos IV a Don Pedro Pablo Usson de Lepazaran para poder editar y fundar un diario en la Ciudad de Barcelona. Gestiones en el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona

Requests for newspaper printing privileges were distinctive not only because they operated in limited geographical jurisdictions but also because they were positioned at the very juncture where copyright met censorship. While printing privileges are often depicted as award privileges to individual books, newspapers printing privileges, on the contrary, referred to a more undistinguishable yet trickier subject matter: a periodical. In that specific sense, newspaper privileges echoed earlier privileges on the printing press. The tension these requests for privileges developed between private and public realms also crystallised in their particular relation to local utility. Not surprisingly, privilege-granting authorities were town councils. In 1792, Pedro Pablo Husson went to Barcelona and contacted different municipal authorities to be protected by a privilege before the establishment of what would become one of the most remarkable newspapers in Spain: the Diario de Barcelona.

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  • Guillamet i Lloveras, J. "Pedro Pablo Husón de Lapazarán i els inicis del periodisme cultural i científic” Treballs de Comunicació, 10, 1998, pp. 119-129

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Related documents in this database:
1506: Nebrija's Printing Privilege
1604: Petition for licence and privilege by Cervantes
1880: Copyright Regulations

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Year: 1792

Location: Barcelona

Language: Spanish

Source: Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona - Acuerdos de 1792, Fol. 130

Persons referred to:
Usson de Lepazaran, Pedro Pablo

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Institutions referred to:
Barcelona Town Council



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