International Copyright Act, London (1852)

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International Copyright Act, London (1852), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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International Copyright Act, 1852, 15 & 16 Vict., c.12

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The commentary locates the Act within the context of the two previous International Copyright Acts (see: uk_1838; uk_1844) and the Anglo-French Convention, highlighting the selective manner in which the British legislature implemented its obligations under the 1851 Convention, in particular in drawing a distinction between the reproduction of political and non-political material, as well as the difficulty that foreign authors experienced in complying with the provisions of the legislation.

1 Commentary:

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

  • Thompson, G.C., Remarks on the Law of Literary Property in Different Countries (London: The National Press Agency, 1883)

  • Seville, C., The Internationalisation of Copyright Law: Books, Buccaneers and the Black Flag in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Related documents in this database:
1852: French International Copyright Act
1857: Anglo-Spanish Copyright Treaty
1851: Anglo-French Copyright Treaty
1852: Parliamentary Debates on the International Copyright Act (13 Feb.)
1852: Parliamentary Debates on the International Copyright Act (30 April)

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Year: 1852

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Durham University Library

Persons referred to:
George II
George III
William IV

Places referred to:
Great Britain

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Institutions referred to:
British Museum

Act to amend an Act of the 7th and 8th Years of the Her present Majesty, for reducing, under certain circumstances, the Duties payable upon Books and Engravings, 9 & 10 Vict., c.58
Anglo-French Copyright Treaty 1851
Copyright in Prints and Engravings (Ireland) Act, 1836, 6 & 7 Will.IV, c.59
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, 1844, 7 & 8 Vict., c.12
International Copyright Act, 1852, 15 & 16 Vict., c.12

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books, protected subject matter
dramatic works, protected subject matter
fair use
international agreements, bilateral
music, protected subject matter
public performance
translation, right of
translations, protection of

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