International Copyright Act, London (1844)

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International Copyright Act, London (1844), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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International Copyright Act, 1844, 7 & 8 Vict., c.12

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The commentary locates the Act within existing legislative provisions designed to address the problem of the market for cheap foreign imports of British books. It suggests that, regardless of the existence of stringent measures targeting unlawful foreign imports, the British government regarded a system of international copyright protection as integral in both addressing the import issue and in fostering a more secure overseas market in the interests of the British book trade.

1 Commentary:

  • Sherman, B., and Bently, L., The Making of Modern Intellectual Property Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)

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

  • Barnes, J.J., Authors, Publishers and Politicians: The Quest for an Anglo-American Copyright Agreement 1815-1854 (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1974)

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1846: Bilateral Treaty between Prussia and Britain
1844: International Copyright Bill

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Publisher: N/A

Year: 1844

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Durham University Library

Persons referred to:
George II
George III
Hogarth, Jane
William IV

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Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
British Museum
House of Commons
House of Lords
Privy Council
Stationers' Company
Stationers' Hall

Copyright Amendment Act, 1842, 5 & 6 Vict., c.45
Copyright in Prints and Engravings (Ireland) Act, 1836, 6 & 7 Will.IV, c.59
Dramatic Literary Property Act, 1833, 3 & 4 Will.IV, c.15
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
International Copyright Act, 1838, 1 & 2 Vict., c.59
International Copyright Act, 1844, 7 & 8 Vict., c.12
Models and Busts Act, 1798, 38 Geo.III, c.71
Sculpture Copyright Act, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.56

anonymous works
books, protected subject matter
drawings, protected subject matter
engravings, protected subject matter
foreign reprints
maps, protected subject matter
music, protected subject matter
public performance
sculpture, protected subject matter

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