The Constitutional Copyright Clause, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1789)

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The Constitutional Copyright Clause, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1789), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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The Constitution of the United States of America, Art. 1, §8, cl. 8.

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A Clause of the United States Constitution vesting Congress with power to legislate in the field of copyright and patent. The commentary describes the events that led to the inclusion of the clause in the U.S. Constitution and discusses the information known about the intellectual origins of the clause. The commentary also describes the central status occupied by the clause in American intellectual property discourse and the historical development leading to it.

1 Commentary:

  • Walterscheid, Edward C. The Nature of the Intellectual Property Clause: A Study in Historical Perspective. Buffalo, N.Y.: W.S. Hein, 2002.

  • Patterson, Lyman Ray and Craig Joyce. 'Copyright in 1791: An Essay Concerning the Founders' View of the Copyright Power Granted to Congress in Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution.' Emory Law Journal 52 (2003): 909-952.

  • Oliar, Dotan. 'Making Sense of the Intellectual Property Clause: Promotion of Progress as a Limitation on Congress's Intellectual Property Power.' Georgetown Law Journal 94 (2006): 1771-1845.

  • Bugbee, Bruce Willis. The Genesis of American Patent and Copyright Law. Washington: Public Affairs Press, 1967.

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1789: Ramsay's Petition
1834: Wheaton v. Peters Independent Report

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Year: 1789

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Language: English

Source: The National Archives

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