Copyright Act, London (1814)

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Copyright Act, London (1814), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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An Act to amend the several Acts for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies and Copyright of Printed Books, to the Authors of such Books or their Assigns, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.156

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The commentary explores the background to the legislation, and in particular the controversy over the library deposit provision in the wake of the decision in Beckford v. Hood (uk_1798a). The commentary suggests that the introduction of the reversionary lifetime copyright term had more to do with the opportunistic and timely intervention of one Member of Parliament (Samuel Egerton Brydges) than with any principled or considered position adopted on the part of the legislature.

1 Commentary:

  • Partridge, R.C.B., The history of the legal deposit of books throughout The British Empire (London: The Library Association, 1938)

  • McKitterick, D., Cambridge University Library, A History: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986)

  • Feather, J., 'Publishers and Politicians: The Remaking of the Law of Copyright in Britain 1775-1842, Part I: Legal Deposit and the Battle of the Library Tax', Publishing History, 24 (1988): 49-76

  • Barnes, J.J., Free Trade in Books: A Study of the London Book Trade since 1800 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964)

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Publisher: N/A

Year: 1814

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Durham University Library

Persons referred to:
George III

Places referred to:
Isle of Man

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Bodleian Library, Oxford
British Museum
Court of Sessions, Scotland
Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh
Royal Library
Sion College, London
Society of the King's Inns, Dublin
Stationers' Company
Stationers' Hall
Trinity College, Dublin
University and King's College of Aberdeen
University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
University of St Andrews

Copyright Act, 1801, 41 Geo.III, c.107
Copyright Act, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.156
Statute of Anne, 1710, 8 Anne, c.19

Stationers' Company
authorship, romantic concept of
book trade
books, protected subject matter
editions, new
learning, the advancement of

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