Burnet v. Chetwood, London (1721)

Source: Lincolns Inn Library: Merivale, J.H., Chancery Reports, 3 Vols. (London: Butterworth, 1817-1819), 2: 441

Burnet v. Chetwood, London (1721), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Burnet v. Chetwood (1721) 2 Mer. 441

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Drawing upon material in the National Archives the commentary explores the background to and substance of the decision as well as its relationship with current judicial practices in refusing the court's protection to copyright protected materials on the grounds that the content of the work is, for example, obscene, sexually immoral, defamatory, blasphemous or irreligious.

1 Commentary:

  • Saunders, D., 'Copyright, Obscenity and Literary History', Journal of English Literary History, 57 (1990): 431-44

  • Deazley, R., On the Origin of the Right to Copy: Charting the Movement of Copyright Law in Eighteenth Century Britain (1695-1775) (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2004)

Related documents in this database:
1721: Burnet's Bill of Complaint and Chetwood's Answer
1721: Burnet v. Chetwood: Entries from the Court's Book of Orders

Author: N/A

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1721

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Lincolns Inn Library: Merivale, J.H., Chancery Reports, 3 Vols. (London: Butterworth, 1817-1819), 2: 441

Persons referred to:
Blount, Charles
Burnet, Dr. Thomas
Chetwood, William
Kettleby, Walter
Parker, Thomas
Roussillion, Gabriel
Wilkinson, Francis

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:
Burnet v. Chetwood (1721) 2 Mer. 441

Institutions referred to:
Fleet Prison, London
Stationers' Company

Statute of Anne, 1710, 8 Anne, c.19

authorship, theory of
immoral works
moral rights, integrity
translation, right of
translations, of contemporary works
unpublished works

Responsible editor: Ronan Deazley

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