Letter from John McLean to Richard Peters Jr., Cincinnati (1830)

Source: Historical Society of Pennyslvania: Richard Peters, Jr. to John McLean, June 3, 1830.

Letter from John McLean to Richard Peters Jr., Cincinnati (1830), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Letter from John McLean to Richard Peters Jr.

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A letter from John McLean to Richard Peters. Mclean was a Justice of the Supreme Court who wrote the court's opinion in Wheaton v. Peters. Peters was the current reporter of the court and the defendant in the case. In the letter McLean transfers to Peters any rights he might have in his opinions.

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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. 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).

Related documents in this database:
1834: Wheaton v. Peters
1834: Wheaton v. Peters Independent Report
1834: Letters from Sumner to Story

Author: John McLean

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1830

Location: Cincinnati

Language: English

Source: Historical Society of Pennyslvania: Richard Peters, Jr. to John McLean, June 3, 1830.

Persons referred to:
McLean, John
Peters, Richard, Jr.

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