First Inscriptions of Works at the Spanish Copyright Office, Madrid (1885)

Source: Registro Central de la Propiedad Intelectual

First Inscriptions of Works at the Spanish Copyright Office, Madrid (1885), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Spanish Copyright Office Register- Vol. 1 - First Inscriptions (1885)

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Primeras Inscripciones de Obras en el Registro de la Propiedad Intelectual

The Spanish Copyright Act of 1879 also implemented a major change in copyright registration, setting up a system of records management through large book registers as well as standard procedures to aid the apprehension of the intangible. The first inscription of a copyright work was recorded on May 6, 1885, for a “scientific and literary” specimen (De la casa y su legislación) that had been submitted on January 15, 1879. The delay between “presentation” and “inscription” functioned as a way to streamline data from local (regional) offices to the central copyright office. Any possible uncertainty from the gap was acknowledged by the creation of “provisional certificates”. Here we also find the first inscriptions of artistic, periodical and dramatic-musical works. What these records also evidence is how the registry was not conceived as a static picture of property: incidents and disputes around ownership were duly annotated by the registrar.

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  • Llopis, M. "Reflexiones ante unos datos estadísticos: las inscripciones provisionales del Registro General de la Propiedad Intelectual" 29 Boletin de la ANABAD, 1979, vol. 29, pp. 115-127

  • López Quiroga, J. "Algunas consideraciones sobre la propiedad intelectual o derecho de autor- Capítulo IX" Revista de Archivos, Bibliotecas y Museos, Jan-Jun 1917, pp. 60-91

  • 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 Prehistory of Copyright (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2010) pp. 157-206

  • Vara Barroso, E. de la, "El Registro de la Propiedad Intelectual" Segundo Seminario Regional sobre Propiedad Intelectual para Jueces y Fiscales de América Latina (Madrid, OEPM and OMPI, 2003)

Related documents in this database:
1711: Legal Deposit at the Royal Library
1848: Copyright Formalities: Registration
1878: Spanish Copyright Formalities: Certificates
1879: Copyright Act
1894: Copyright Formalities: Bulletin

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Publisher: N/A

Year: 1885

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Registro Central de la Propiedad Intelectual

Persons referred to:
Badía y Andreu, Joaquín
López Cañizares, Baldomero
Miret, José
Pérez Escrich, Enrique
Pérez Escrich, María Carmen
Pérez Escrich, María de los Desamparados
Rodríguez, José
Rogel Soriano, José
de Cámara, Miguel H.
del Perojo y Figueras, José

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Spanish General Copyright Office
Spanish Ministry of Public Works
Spanish Provincial Copyright registries

Spanish Copyright Act (1879)

books, protected subject matter
dramatico-musical works, protected subject matter
drawings, protected subject matter
newspapers, protected subject matter

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