Publication of Lectures Act, London (1835)

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Publication of Lectures Act, London (1835), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Publication of Lectures Act, 1835, 5 & 6 Will.IV, c.65

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This was the first occasion on which the legislature extended copyright protection to works in oral form. The legislation is of interest in terms of the distinction it draws between lectures delivered within the 'public' and the 'private' spheres (lectures delivered at a University, for example, are not protected), in terms of articulating the nature of the relationship between a speaker and his audience, and in specifically clarifying that newspapers are similarly prohibited from reporting protected lectures. The commentary explores the background to the passing of the Act, and in particular the role that Henry Brougham played in proposing and securing the same.

1 Commentary:

  • Stewart, R., Henry Brougham, His Public Career 1778-1868 (London: The Bodley Head, 1986)

  • Seville, C., Literary Copyright Reform in Early Victorian England: The Framing of the 1842 Copyright Act (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)

Related documents in this database:
1835: Parliamentary Debates on the Lectures Act (24 Aug.)
1835: Parliamentary Debates on the Lectures Act (26 Aug.)
1835: Publication of Lectures Bill

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Year: 1835

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Durham University Library

Persons referred to:
George III
William IV

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Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:

Copyright Act, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.156
Publication of Lectures Act, 1835, 5 & 6 Will.IV, c.65
Statute of Anne, 1710, 8 Anne, c.19

oral works, protected subject matter
public good

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