Maugham's Treatise, London (1828)

Source: Lincolns Inn Library: Shelf 148

Maugham's Treatise, London (1828), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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R. Maugham, A Treatise on the Laws of Literary Property

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The first British legal treatise dedicated specifically to the law of copyright written by a strong advocate of the common law rights of the author. Maugham, in addition to providing a commentary upon the law of copyright, also used his work to lobby for both an extension to the copyright term (ideally resulting in a perpetual right) and a reduction in the library deposit requirements (arguing that authors should only be required to deposit one copy of their work for the British Museum). In proselytising the need for a change to the law in both areas he drew frequent comparisons with the law of other jurisdictions (in particular France and Germany). The work became a standard point of reference for many British and American authors who followed.

1 Commentary:

  • Simpson, A.W.B., 'The Legal Treatise and Legal Theory'. In Law, Litigants and the Legal Profession. Edited by Ives, E.W. and Manchester, A.H. (London: Royal Historical Society, 1983)

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Author: Robert Maugham

Publisher: n.p.

Year: 1828

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Lincolns Inn Library: Shelf 148

Persons referred to:
Abernethy, John
Addison, Joseph
Aikin, John
Alexander, Sir William
Ames, Joseph
Annesley, George, 9th Viscount Valentia
Anson, Sir William Reynell
Anstis, John, Sr.
Arden, Sir Richard, 1st Baron Alvanley
Ashurst, William
Aston, Richard
Atkyns, Richard
Atkyns, Sir Edward
Bacon, Francis
Baker, Sir Richard
Baldwin, Robert
Barbeyrac, Jean
Barclay, Alexander
Baskett, Thomas
Bathurst, Henry, 2nd Earl
Bawdwen, William
Bayley, Sir John
Bellamy, George Ann
Bently, Richard
Best, William Draper
Blackstone, William
Bodley, Sir Thomas
Boucher, Jonathan
Bowles, William Lisle
Bracton, Henry de
Bradley, James
Brooke, Samuel
Brotier, Gabriel
Brougham, Henry Peter, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux
Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton
Bryer, Henry
Buffon, George-Louis Leclerc, Comte de
Buller, Sir Francis
Butterworth, John
Byron, George Gordon, 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale
Camden, Charles Pratt, 1st Earl
Campbell, Vice-Admiral Sir Patrick
Carnan, Thomas
Carte, Thomas
Caxton, William
Chambers, Sir Robert
Charles I
Charles II
Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of
Christian, Edward
Chudleigh, Elizabeth
Clarke, John
Clarke, Sir Thomas
Coke, Sir Edward
Colt Hoare, Sir Richard
Cook, James
Cooke, William Bernard
Copley, John Singleton, 1st Baron Lyndhurst
Corsellis, Frederick
Coster, Laurens Janszoon
Cotman, John Sell
D'Israeli, Isaac
Damm, Christian Tobias
Dampier, Sir Henry
Daniell, Thomas
Daniell, William
Denman, Thomas
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall
Dodwell, Edward
Dryden, John
Dubost, Antoine
Dugdale, Sir William
Dundas, Henry, 1st Viscount Melville
Dunning, John
Dupin, Louis Ellies
Duppa, Richard
Ebbes, Thomas
Edward I
Edward II
Edward IV
Edward V
Edward VI
Edwards, Bryan
Eldon, John Scott, 1st Earl of
Elizabeth I
Ellenborough, Edward Law, 1st Baron
Enfield, William
Erskine, Thomas, 1st Baron
Evans, Robert Harding
Evans, Sir William David
Eyre, Sir James
Fenton, Elijah
Fisher, Thomas
Fitzgibbon, John, 1st Earl of Clare
Frederick II, the Great
Fust, Johannes
Garrick, David
Garrow, Sir William
Gay, John
George II
George III
George IV
Gibbon, Edward
Gibbs, Sir Vicary
Giraldus Cambrensis
Gloucester, Humphrey, Duke of
Godson, Richard
Gough, Richard
Gould, Henry
Gray, Thomas
Grose, Nash
Gutenberg, Johannes
Gwyn, Francis
Hale, Sir Matthew
Hargrave, Francis
Hawkesworth, John
Henry VI
Henry VIII
Hogarth, Jane
Hogarth, William
Holroyd, Sir George Sowley
Howell, James
Hoyle, Edmond
Humboldt, Alexander, Baron von
Hume, David
Hyde, Edward, 1st Earl of Clarendon
Inchbald, Elizabeth, née Simpson
James II
Jekyll, Joseph
Johnson, Samuel
Kenyon, Lloyd Kenyon, 1st Baron
Latour, Théodore
Lawrence, Sir William
Lawrence, Soulden
Le Blanc, Sir Simon
Leland, John
Lens, John
Littledale, Joseph
Littleton, Sir Thomas
Locke, John
Lysons, Samuel
Lyttelton, Thomas, 2nd Baron Lyttelton of Frankley
Macaulay, Catherine
Mansfield, William Murray, 1st Earl
Martial, Marcus Valerius Martialis
Martin, John
Mary I
Maskelyne, Nevil
Mason, William
Maugham, Robert
McAdam, John Loudon
Mercator, Gerardus
Middleton, Conyers
Miller, Philip
Milton, John
Monboddo, James Burnett, Lord
Moore, Thomas
Murray, John, II
Mylling, Thomas
Nares, John
Nelson, Horatio, Viscount Nelson
Nelson, Robert
Newberry, Francis
Newton, Sir Isaac
Newton, Thomas
Nichols, John
O'Keefe, John
Paley, William
Paris, Matthew
Paterson, Capt. Daniel
Perrott, George
Perry, George
Petersdorff, Charles Erdman
Philip II
Pine, John
Pope, Alexander
Porson, Richard
Power, James
Priestley, Joseph
Prynne, William
Pufendorf, Samuel, Freiherr von
Rees, Owen
Richard III
Ridgway, James
Robertson, William
Robson, George Fennel
Romilly, Samuel
Roscoe, William
Ruding, Rogers
Salt, Henry
Scarlett, James
Schöffer, Peter
Scobell, Henry
Shakespeare, William
Sherwood, T.M.
Sibthorpe, John
Smith, Adam
Smythe, Sir Sidney Stafford
Somers, John, 1st Baron
Southey, Robert
Stair, John Dalrymple, 5th Earl
Statius, Publius Papinius
Steevens, George
Storace, Anna Selina
Storace, Stephen
Stothard, Charles
Stow, John
Strahan, William
Swift, Jonathan
Talbot, Charles, 1st Baron Talbot
Taylor, Richard
Temple, Sir William
Tenterden, Charles Abbott, 1st Baron
Thomson, James
Tournour, Robert
Trussell, John
Turner, Sharon
Tyler, Wat
Wakefield, Gilbert
Walton, Izaac
Warburton, William
Wedderburn, Alexander, 1st Earl of Rosslyn
Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of
Wharton, Henry
Wilkins, William
Willes, Edward
William of Malmesbury
Willis, Browne
Wolsey, Thomas
Wood, Anthony
Woodfall, Henry
Yates, Joseph
Yorke, Philip, 1st Earl of Hardwicke
de Grey, William
de La Rochette, Louis Stanislas d'Arcy

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Santo Domingo
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Cases referred to:
Abernethy v. Hutchinson (1825) 1 H. & TW. 28
Bach v. Longman (1777) 2 Cowp. 623
Basket v. University of Cambridge (1758) 2 Keny. 397, 1 Black W. 105, 2 Burr. 661
Bell v. Walker and Debrett (1785) 1 Bro.C.C. 451
Blackwell v. Harper (1740) 2 Atk. 93
Brooke v. Clarke (1818) 1 B. & Ald. 396
Burnet v. Chetwood (1721) 2 Mer. 441
Carnan v. Bowles (1786) 1 Cox 283
Cary v. Longman (1801) 1 East 358
De Berenger v. Wheble (1819) 2 Stark 548
De Trusler v. Murray (1789) 1 East's 363
Dodsley v. Kinnersley (1761) Amb. 403
Donaldson v. Becket (1774) 4 Burr. 2408, 2 Bro. P.C. 129
Du Bost v. Beresford (1810) 2 Camp. 511
Duke of Queensbury v. Shebbeare (1758) 2 Eden 329
Gahagan v. Cooper (1811) 3 Camp. 111
Grierson v. Jackson (1794) Ridg. L. & S. 304
Gyles v. Wilcox (1741) 2 Atk. 141
Harrison v. Hogg (1794) 2 Ves. Jun. 323
Hawkesworth v. Newberry (1775) Lofft 775
Hime v. Dale (1803) 11 East 244
Hogg v. Kirby (1803) 8 Ves. Jun. 215
Lawrence v. Smith (1822) Jacob 471
Lord Melville's trial (1805)
Macklin v. Richardson (1770) Amb. 694
Millar v. Taylor (1769) 4 Burr. 2303
Murray v. Benbow (1822) The Times 2 Feb. 1822
Murray v. Elliston (1822) 5 B. & Ald. 657, The Times, 4 May 1822
Newton v. Cowie (1822) 4 Bing 234
Ponder v. Bradyll (1679), 13 Car. 2. Lill. Entr. 67
Pope v. Curl (1741) 2 Atk. 342
Power v. Walker (1814) 3 M. & S. 7
Read v. Hodges (1740) NA, c.11 538/36
Roworth v. Wilkes (1807) M. & R. 94
Stationers' Company v. Seymour (1677) 1 Mod. 256
Storace v. Longman (1788) 11 East's 244
Tonson v. Collins (1761) 1 Black W 301
Trustees of the British Museum v. Payne (1827) 4 Bing 540
Universities of Oxford and Cambridge v. Richardson (1803) 6 Ves. 689
University of Cambridge v. Bryer (1812) 16 East's 317
Walcot v. Walker (1803) 7 Ves. 1
West v. Francis (1822) 5 B. & Ald. 743
White v. Geroch (1819) 2 B. & Ald. 298
Wilkins v. Aikin (1810) 17 Ves. Jun. 422
Wyatt v. Barnard (1814) 3 Ves. & B. 78

Institutions referred to:
Antiquarian Society, London
Bodleian Library, Oxford
British Museum
Cambridge University Library
Church of England
Court of Chancery, England
Court of Common Pleas
Court of Exchequer, England
Court of King's Bench
Court of Sessions, Scotland
English Law Society
Eton College
Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh
Haymarket Theatre
House of Commons
House of Lords
Old Bailey
Royal College of Surgeons
Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden
Royal Library
Royal Society of Arts (RSA); also: Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
Royal Society, London
See of Canterbury
Sion College, London
Society of the King's Inns, Dublin
Somerset House
St Bartholomew's Hospital
Star Chamber
Stationers' Company
Stationers' Hall
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
University and King's College of Aberdeen
University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
University of Oxford
University of St Andrews
Westminster Hall
Westminster School
Winchester College

An Act against Unlicensed and Scandalous Books and Pamphlets 1649
An Ordinance for the Regulation of Printing 1643
Austrian Statutes on Censorship and Printing 1781
Copyright Act, 1775, 15 Geo.III, c.53
Copyright Act, 1801, 41 Geo.III, c.107
Copyright Act, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.156
Engravers' Copyright Act, 1735, 8 Geo.II, c.13
Engravers' Copyright Act, 1766, 7 Geo.III, c.38
Engravers' Copyright Act, 1777, 17 Geo.III, c.57
French Copyright Act 1793
Licensing Act, 1662, 13 & 14 Car.II, c.33
Licensing Act, 1685, 1 Jac.II, c.17
Models and Busts Act, 1798, 38 Geo.III, c.71
Ordinance against Unlicensed or Scandalous Pamphlets 1647
Star Chamber Decree 1566
Star Chamber Decree 1586
Star Chamber Decree 1637
Statute of Anne, 1710, 8 Anne, c.19

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