Warburton's Letter from an Author, London (1747)

Source: University of Birmingham Library: R. Hurd, ed., The Works of the Right Reverend William Warburton, 12 vols. (London: Cadell & Davies, 1811) Vol.12, 405-416

Warburton's Letter from an Author, London (1747), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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A Letter from an Author, to a Member of Parliament concerning Literary Property

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Warburton, a strong proponent of the common law rights of the author, provided the first significant commentary upon the nature and classification of property and its relevance to, and relationship with, an author's work. Part of this commentary discusses Warburton's attempts to articulate a clear conceptual distinction between the claim of an inventor to the protection of a patent provided by the state, and the natural right of an author to the property in his work.

1 Commentary:

  • Rose, M., Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright (London: Harvard University Press, 1993)

  • Patterson, L.R., Copyright in Historical Perspective (Nashville: Vanderbilt University, 1968)

  • 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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Author: William Warburton

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1747

Location: London

Language: English

Source: University of Birmingham Library: R. Hurd, ed., The Works of the Right Reverend William Warburton, 12 vols. (London: Cadell & Davies, 1811) Vol.12, 405-416

Persons referred to:
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Warburton, William

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:
Donaldson v. Becket (1774) 4 Burr. 2408, 2 Bro. P.C. 129
Millar v. Taylor (1769) 4 Burr. 2303

Institutions referred to:
Court of Chancery

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

authorship, legal concept of
common law copyright
copying, concept of
natural rights
property theory
property theory, authors' property

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