Letter from Donaldson to Wheaton, New York (1828)

Source: Pierpont Morgan Library, Wheaton Papers MA 995: Robert Donaldson to Henry Wheaton, August 11, 1828.

Letter from Donaldson to Wheaton, New York (1828), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Letter from Robert Donaldson to Henry Wheaton

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A letter to the former reporter of the Supreme Court Henry Wheaton from his publisher Robert Donaldson. The letter informs Wheaton of the intention of the current reporter Richard Peters to publish his Condensed Reports, including reports of Supreme Court decisions complied by previous reporters. Donaldson predicts decrease in sales of Wheaton's reports attributable to Peter's new publication and urges Wheaton, the copyright owner, to file a copyright lawsuit.

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  • McGill, Meredith L. 'The Matter of the Text: Commerce, Print Culture, and the Authority of the State in American Copyright Law.' 9 American Literary History 1 (1997).

  • ____. ''A Curious Chapter in the History of Judicature': Wheaton v. Peters and the Rest of the Story (of Copyright in the New Republic).' 42 Hous. L. Rev. 325 (2005).

  • Joyce, Craig. 'The Story of Wheaton v. Peters, in Intellectual Property Stories.' In Jane C. Ginsburg and Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss eds. New York: Foundation Press, 2006.

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

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Publisher: N/A

Year: 1828

Location: New York

Language: English

Source: Pierpont Morgan Library, Wheaton Papers MA 995: Robert Donaldson to Henry Wheaton, August 11, 1828.

Persons referred to:
Adams, John Quincy
Donaldson, Robert
Paine, Elijah
Peters, Richard, Jr.
Thompson, Smith
Wheaton, Henry

Places referred to:
New York

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
U.S. Supreme Court


author/publisher relations
property theory, authors' property
property theory, publishers' property

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