Supreme Court on Originality , Madrid (1861)

Source: Archivo del Tribunal Supremo. id. Cendoj: 28079110011861100099

Supreme Court on Originality , Madrid (1861), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Supreme Court on Originality

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Sentencia del Tribunal Supremo. Sala de lo Civil de 4 de diciembre de 1861

On March 3, 1861, the Spanish newspaper La Correspondencia de España noted Spain’s relatively small number of copyright cases in comparison to other jurisdictions. Ironically, a few months later a major copyright decision was handed down by the Spanish Supreme Court. The court upheld the decision of the lower courts, finding that vagueness of ideas or methods could not help a literary property claim. Questions of evidence were also significant; the court paid attention to the documentary evidence presented indicating the prior existence of similar methods that had been published elsewhere. And it also heard the report of three expert witnesses who compared the two works.

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Related documents in this database:
1857: Court of cassation on originality
1847: Literary Property Act
1872: Supreme Court on Artistic Copyright
1877: Supreme Court on Music Copyright
1879: Copyright Act

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Year: 1861

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Archivo del Tribunal Supremo. id. Cendoj: 28079110011861100099

Persons referred to:
Ceruelo de Velasco, Gabriel
Colsa y Pando, Ventura de
Echarri, Antero de
González Nandin, Sebastián
Gómez de la Hermosa, Pedro
Hurtado, Tomás
López Vázquez, Ramón
Palma y Vinuesa, Joaquín
Pujals de la Bastida, Vicente

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Court of First Instance
Ministry of Public Instruction
Ministry of Public Works
Royal Audiencia
Supreme Court of Spain

Literary Property Act (1847)


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