Beckford v. Hood, London (1798)

Source: Lincolns Inn Library

Beckford v. Hood, London (1798), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Beckford v. Hood (1798) 7 D& E 620

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The case provides the first occasion on which the judiciary revisited and reconsidered the meaning of the House of Lords' decision in Donaldson v. Becket (1774) (uk_1774). The commentary explores the substance and significance of the decision and, in particular, the influence it had upon the manner in which the decision in Donaldson was subsequently understood throughout the early nineteenth century. The commentary also details the impact the decision had upon the extent to which publishers would adhere to the library deposit provision within the copyright legislation.

1 Commentary:

  • Veeder, V.V., 'The English Reports, 1537 - 1865', in Select Essays in Anglo-American Legal History, 3 vols. (London: Wildy & Sons, 1968)

  • Oldham, J., The Mansfield Manuscripts and the growth of English law in the eighteenth century (Chapel Hill, US and London, UK: University of North Carolina Press, 1992)

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Publisher: N/A

Year: 1798

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Lincolns Inn Library

Persons referred to:
Ashurst, William
Beckford, Peter
Eyre, Sir James
Grose, Nash
Hood, Mr.
Kenyon, Lloyd Kenyon, 1st Baron
Lawrence, Soulden
Mansfield, William Murray, 1st Earl
Marryat, Mr.
Yates, Joseph

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:
Chapman v. Pickersgill (1762), 2 Wils. 145
Donaldson v. Becket (1774) 4 Burr. 2408, 2 Bro. P.C. 129
Millar v. Taylor (1769) 4 Burr. 2303
Tonson v. Collins (1761) 1 Black W. 301; (1762) 1 Black W. 321

Institutions referred to:
Court of Chancery
House of Lords
Stationers' Company
Stationers' Hall
Westminster Hall

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

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authorship, legal concept of
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