International Copyright Act, London (1886)

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International Copyright Act, London (1886), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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International Copyright Act, 1886, 49 & 50 Vict., c.33

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The Act enabling the British government to become a signatory to the Berne Convention, which Convention came into force on 5 December 1887. The commentary describes the nature and extent of British participation in the three conferences which led to the signing of the Berne Convention, against a backdrop of several unsuccessful attempts to reform and consolidate the British copyright regime, the importance of pursuing meaningful Anglo-American copyright negotiations, and the significance of imperial-colonial copyright relations. The commentary also explores the extent to which the cause of Irish Nationalism, and the case for Home Rule, dominated the political landscape in early 1886, so explaining why the opportunity of adhering to the Berne Convention did not also lead to substantive reform of the domestic copyright regime at this time.

1 Commentary:

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

  • Ricketson, S., The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works: 1886-1986 (London: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, 1987)

  • Nowell-Smith, S., International Copyright Law and the Publisher in the reign of Queen Victoria (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968)

  • Bently, L., and Sherman, B., 'Great Britain and the Signing of the Berne Convention in 1886', Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, 48 (2001): 311

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1886: Correspondence respecting the Copyright Union
1886: Berne Convention
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Year: 1886

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Durham University Library

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Anglo-French Copyright Treaty 1851
Copyright Act, 1775, 15 Geo.III, c.53
Copyright Act, 1836, 6 & 7 Will.IV, c.110
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
Fine Art Copyright Act, 1862, 25 & 26 Vict., c.68
Foreign Reprints Act, 1847, 10 & 11 Vict., c.95
International Copyright Act, 1844, 7 & 8 Vict., c.12
International Copyright Act, 1852, 15 & 16 Vict., c.12
International Copyright Act, 1875, 38 & 39 Vict., c.12
International Copyright Act, 1886, 49 & 50 Vict., c.33
Publication of Lectures Act, 1835, 5 & 6 Will.IV, c.65
Sculpture Copyright Act, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.56

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dramatic works, protected subject matter
drawings, protected subject matter
engravings, protected subject matter
international agreements, Berne Convention
music, protected subject matter
paintings, protected subject matter
photography, protected subject matter
public performance
sculpture, protected subject matter
translation, right of
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