Copyright Formalities: Bulletin, Madrid (1894)

Source: Real Biblioteca, Palacio Real, C80

Copyright Formalities: Bulletin, Madrid (1894), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Copyright Formalities in Spain: Copyright Bulletin

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Boletín de la Propiedad Intelectual

The official copyright “Bulletin” indexed and made public the title and other information of works submitted to Spain’s copyright registry. It was first published in 1895 and had various effects within the discipline. Firstly, it was a managerial attempt to facilitate statistical knowledge about Spanish copyright. In that specific sense, the bulletin had a political purpose. Deeply embedded in the internationalisation of copyright, the bulletin was a mechanism to demonstrate to foreign nations and “very especially” Latin American countries the “advanced state” of Spain’s intellectual progress. Secondly, the bulletin gathered data in such a productive way that different orders around the Spanish copyright registry could emerge. Not only did it use standard bibliographical tools to organise the list of works submitted after the 1879 Spanish Copyright Act, but the bulletin also functioned retrospectively: it gave order and made public, in an accessible manner, all materials registered after the 1847 Literary Property Act.

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  • Danvila y Collado, M. La propiedad intelectual. Legislación española y extranjera (Madrid, Imprenta de correspondencia de España, 1882)

  • Posada, A. Tratado de Derecho administrativo según las doctrinas filosóficas y la legislación positiva, vol. 2 (Madrid, Librería de Victoriano Suárez, 1898)

  • Sánchez García, R. "La propiedad intelectual en la España contemporánea, 1847-1936" Hispania, Vol 62, No 212 (2002):993-1019

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

Related documents in this database:
1711: Legal Deposit at the Royal Library
1847: Literary Property Act
1848: Copyright Formalities: Registration
1878: Spanish Copyright Formalities: Certificates
1879: Copyright Act
1885: First Inscriptions of Works at the Spanish Copyright Office

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Publisher: Imprenta del Colegio Nacional de Sordo-Mudos y de Ciegos

Year: 1894

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Real Biblioteca, Palacio Real, C80

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Copyright Registry
Facultative Body of Archivist, Librarian and Antique dealers (Civil Servants)

Spanish Copyright Act (1879)
Spanish Literary Property Act (1847)


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