Copyright Act, Madrid (1879)

Source: Archivo del Congreso de los Diputados, ES. 28079. ACD, P-0002-01051

Copyright Act, Madrid (1879), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Full title:
Spanish Copyright Act

Full title original language:
Ley de Propiedad Intelectual

Modern Spanish copyright law is based on the crucial enactment of the 1879 copyright law. This act was the most important legislative event in the history of Spanish copyright historiography. Not only was it comprehensive and modern for its time; its importance and credit were acquired over a long period, as it lasted for more than one century.

1 Commentary:

  • Baltar Rojo, J. “Castelao y la Ley de Propiedad Intelectual de 1879: un curioso incidente legal” Boletín de la ANABAD, vol. 29, 1979, pp. 95-105

  • Bercovitz, A. “The Relationship between the Berne Convention and Intellectual Property Law in Spain” Copyright, October 1986, pp. 345-351

  • Clunet, E. Etude sur la convention d'Union internationale pour la protection des oeuvres littéraires et artistiques, suivie du texte del'avant-projet de la Conférence de Berne de 1883.. (Paris: Marchal et Billard, 1887)

  • Marco Molina, J. La propiedad intelectual en la legislación española (Madrid: Marcial Pons, 1995)

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Author: N/A

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1879

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Archivo del Congreso de los Diputados, ES. 28079. ACD, P-0002-01051

Persons referred to:
Queipo de Llano, Francisco Borja de

Places referred to:
Puerto Rico

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
High Schools
Ministry of Public Works
Provincial Governors
Spanish National Library


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