House Debate, Washington D.C. (1831)

Source: Library of Congress: Register of Debates, 21st Cong., 2nd Sess., 1831, 422-424.

House Debate, Washington D.C. (1831), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Debate in House over copyright bill

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The record of debate in the House of Representatives over the bill of the 1831 Copyright Act. The Act was the first major revision of U.S. copyright law.

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  • Webster, Noah. 'Origin of the Copy-right Laws of the United States.' In A Collection of Papers on Political, Literary and Moral Subjects. New York: Webster & Clark, 1843.

  • Unger, H.G. Noah Webster: The Life and Times of an American Patriot. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998.

  • Micklethwait, David. Noah Webster and the American Dictionary. Jefferson N.C.: McFarland, 2000.

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1828: H.R. 140 Committee Bill
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Year: 1831

Location: Washington D.C.

Language: English

Source: Library of Congress: Register of Debates, 21st Cong., 2nd Sess., 1831, 422-424.

Persons referred to:
Ellsworth, William W.
Everett, Edward
Hoffman, Michael
Huntington, Jabez Williams
Verplanck, Gulian Crommelin
Webster, Noah

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:
Millar v. Taylor (1769) 4 Burr. 2303

Institutions referred to:
Court of King's Bench
U.S. Congress

U.S. Constitutional Copyright Clause 1789
U.S. Copyright Act 1802 (Amendment of 1790 Act), 2 Stat. 171 (1802)

books, protected subject matter
common law copyright
duration, post mortem term
engravings, protected subject matter
maps, protected subject matter
natural rights
patents, for invention
public domain

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