Gyles v. Wilcox (Atkyn's Reports), London (1741)

Source: Lincolns Inn Library: Atkyns, J.T., Chancery Reports, 3 Vols. (London: E. and R. Brooke, 1794), 2: 141

Gyles v. Wilcox (Atkyn's Reports), London (1741), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Gyles v. Wilcox, Barrow, and Nutt (1741) 2 Atk. 141

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The commentary describes the background to the case, in particular the nature of periodical publication throughout the eighteenth century, the rise of the magazine format in the 1730s, as well as relevant case-law both prior to, and following, the decision. The commentary suggests that while the decision in Gyles can be understood as one guided by public interest arguments similar to those informing the rationale behind the Statute of Anne (that is, the encouragement of learning and production of useful books), it can equally be regarded as one in which the court, in effect, expanded the rights of the copyright owner beyond the protections provided by the legislation.

1 Commentary:

  • Vaver, D., 'Abridgments and Abstracts: Copyright Implications', European Intellectual Property Review, 17 (1995): 225-235

  • Italia, I., The Rise of Literary Journalism in the Eighteenth Century: Anxious Employment (London & New York: Routledge, 2005)

  • Burrell, R., and Coleman, A., Copyright Exceptions: The Digital Impact (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

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1741: Gyles v. Wilcox (Barnardiston's Report)

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Location: London

Language: English

Source: Lincolns Inn Library: Atkyns, J.T., Chancery Reports, 3 Vols. (London: E. and R. Brooke, 1794), 2: 141

Persons referred to:
Bancks, John
Gyles, Fletcher
Hale, Sir Matthew
Hodges, James
Peter I, the Great
Read, Thomas
Yorke, Philip, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

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Cases referred to:
Read v. Hodges (1740) NA, c.11 538/36

Institutions referred to:
House of Lords

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

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