Engravers' Copyright Act, London (1735)

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Engravers' Copyright Act, London (1735), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
An Act for the encouragement of the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints, by vesting the properties thereof in the inventors and engravers, during the time therein mentioned, 1735, 8 Geo. II, c.13

Full title original language:

Legislation conferring exclusive rights, for a period of 14 years, on persons inventing and designing engravings and similar works. This was first occasion on which British copyright legislation extended to something other than literary works. The commentary describes the background to the Act, in particular the lobbying efforts of a small group of artists and engravers led by William Hogarth, and details similarities and differences which the legislation bore to the Statute of Anne 1710. The commentary suggests that, whereas the Statute of Anne essentially sought to regulate the production of the physical book, with the Engravers' Act the legislature began to articulate a more subtle distinction between the physical object and the subject of copyright protection, which was in this case, the engraved image.

1 Commentary:

  • Paulson, R., Hogarth: His Life, Art, and Times, 2 vols. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1971)

  • Paulson, R., Hogarth's Graphic Works, 2 vols. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1965)

  • Hunter, D., 'Copyright Protection for Engravings and Maps in Eighteenth-Century Britain', The Library, 6th ser., 9 (1987): 128-47

  • 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)

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1735: The Case of Designers, Engravers, Etchers, &c.
1735: Engravers' Copyright Act (parchment copy)
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Year: 1735

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Durham University Library

Persons referred to:
George II
Pine, John

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Engravers' Copyright Act, 1735, 8 Geo.II, c.13

art market
authorship, legal concept of
copying, concept of
engravings, protected subject matter

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