Copyright Act, New York (1790)

Source: Library of Congress: 1 Stat. 124 (1790).

Copyright Act, New York (1790), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned

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The first federal copyright act. The act created for the first time a national, general copyright regime in the United States. The commentary describes the legislative history of the act, the main features of the regime it created and its close similarity to the British Statute of Anne. It concludes by briefly surveying the known information about copyright practice in the first decade of the federal regime.

1 Commentary:

  • Patterson, Lyman Ray. Copyright in Historical Perspective. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1968.

  • Bugbee B. B. The Genesis of American Patent and Copyright Law. Washington D.C.: Public Affairs Press, 1967.

  • Abrams Howard B. 'The Historic Foundation of American Copyright Law: Exploding the Myth of Common Law Copyright.' 29 Wayne Law Review 1119 (1983).

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Year: 1790

Location: New York

Language: English

Source: Library of Congress: 1 Stat. 124 (1790).

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U.S. Copyright Act 1790, 1 Stat. 124 (1790)

author/publisher relations
authors' remuneration
authorship, theory of
books, protected subject matter
learning, the advancement of
maps, protected subject matter
patents, for invention
penalties, paid to author(s)
penalties, paid to fiscal authorities
property analogies
states, US

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