Copyright Formalities: Registration , Madrid (1848)

Source: Biblioteca Nacional de España, BNE, Manuscript & Rare Books Collection, L-000092

Copyright Formalities: Registration , Madrid (1848), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Copyright Formalities in Spain: Registration- Registry Books

Full title original language:
Libro-registro de las Obras recibidas en la Biblioteca de acuerdo a la Instrucción del Ministerio de Julio de 1847

One of the most distinctive aspects of the Literary Property Act (1847) was the obligation to deposit two works, one of which had to be given to the Spanish national library. Here we can see how specific practices of registration were developed. The left side of the registration page gave the receipt number, whereas the right side identified the features of the book (e.g., title, authorship, publisher and physical aspects).

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  • van Gompel, S. "Les formalités sont mortes, vive les formalités! Copyright Formalities and the Reasons for their Decline in Nineteenth Century Europe" in Deazley, R., Kretschmer, M. & Bently, L. (eds) Privilege and Property: Essays on the History of Copyrigth (Cambridge, OpenBook Publishers, 2010) pp. 157-206

Related documents in this database:
1847: Literary Property Act
1878: Spanish Copyright Formalities: Certificates
1879: Copyright Act
1885: First Inscriptions of Works at the Spanish Copyright Office
1894: Copyright Formalities: Bulletin

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Year: 1848

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Biblioteca Nacional de España, BNE, Manuscript & Rare Books Collection, L-000092

Persons referred to:
Ayguals de Izco, Wenceslao
Bretón de los Herreros, Manuel
Rodríguez y Díaz Rubí, Tomás
Somoza y Llanos, José

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Ministry of Commerce, Instruction and Public Works
National Library

Spanish Literary Property Act (1847)

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