International Literary Congress in Madrid, Madrid (1887)

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International Literary Congress in Madrid, Madrid (1887), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Book Dedication (French Jurist Édouard Clunet to Spanish copyright expert, Manuel Danvila). Madrid. October 1887

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Congreso Literario Internacional (ALAI) en Madrid. Libro de Clunet dedicado a Danvila

ALAI established a bureaucratic apparatus and served as both an agency and a springboard for those who began to insist that the international perspective was a crucial component of copyright. An institutional space in which those interested – lawyers, politicians, writers – could get to know one other, exchange experiences, ideas (and also books), was developed in a number of ways. Perhaps the most interesting of these was the organisation of a series of international artistic and literary congresses which became an annual point of exchange between jurists, publicists, and journalists from all over the world. The 1887 Congress took place in Madrid and this artefact – a book dedication – is a historical trace of the exchange between two well-known jurists: the Spanish Danvila y Collado and the French Clunet.

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Related documents in this database:
1879: Copyright Act
1880: Franco-Spanish Bilateral Copyright Treaty
1882: Danvila’s Copyright Treatise
1890: Copyright Pocketbooks

Author: Édouard Clunet

Publisher: Marchal et Billard

Year: 1887

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Private Collection. Bellido

Persons referred to:
Clunet, Édouard
Danvila y Collado, Manuel

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI)

Spanish Copyright Act (1879)

interest groups
international agreements, Berne Convention
international agreements, multilateral
societies, copyright

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