Statute of Monopolies, Westminster (1624)

Source: scanned from the parchment copy in the UK Parliamentary Archives

Statute of Monopolies, Westminster (1624), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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An Act concerning Monopolies and Dispensations with Penal Laws and the forfeitures thereof, 1624, 21 Jac.I, c.3

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Legislation restricting the monarch's ability to make monopoly grants in accordance with the royal prerogative, and providing a statutory basis for the patent system. The legislation established the basis upon which patents for 'new manufacture[s]' might be granted to 'the true and first inventor' of the same in furthering the interests of industry, the economy, and the state. At the same time, privileges concerning printing were left unaffected by the legislation, as were those for the manufacture of saltpetre or gunpowder and for the casting and making of ordnance (canons). In limiting the term of protection for future patents to 14 years while confining existing patents for the same to a period of 21 years, the legislation influenced the choice of the two copyright terms in the Statute of Anne 1710 (see: uk_1710).

1 Commentary:

  • Siebert, F.S., Freedom of the Press in England, 1476-1776 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1965)

  • Raymond, J., The Invention of the Newspaper: English Newsbooks 1641-1649 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996)

  • Frank, J., The Beginnings of the English Newspaper, 1620-1660 (Cambridge, Mass., 1961)

  • Fox, H.G., A Study of the History and Future of the Patent Monopoly (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1947)

  • Clegg, C.S., Press Censorship in Jacobean England, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)

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Publisher: n.p.

Year: 1624

Location: Westminster

Language: English

Source: scanned from the parchment copy in the UK Parliamentary Archives

Persons referred to:
Baker, Abraham
Elizabeth I
Howard, Charles, Lord Howard of Effingham
Humble, George
James I
Junius, Franciscus
Lilye, William
Mansel, Sir Robert
Maxwell, James
Richard II
Speed, John
Sutton, Edward, 5th Baron Dudley
Tremellius, Immanuel

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Statute of Monopolies, 1624, 21 Jac.I, c.3

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