Wheaton v. Peters Independent Report, New York (1834)

Source: British Library 1246.i.11: Wheaton, Henry, Report of the Copy-right case of Wheaton v. Peters, decided in the Supreme Court of the United States. With an appendix, containing the acts of Congress relating to copy-right (New York 1834).

Wheaton v. Peters Independent Report, New York (1834), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Report on the Copy-Right Case of Wheaton v. Peters Decided in the Supreme Court of the United States

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An independent report published by Richard Peters of the Supreme Court case of Wheaton v. Peters. The report is somewhat different from the official report.

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Year: 1834

Location: New York

Language: English

Source: British Library 1246.i.11: Wheaton, Henry, Report of the Copy-right case of Wheaton v. Peters, decided in the Supreme Court of the United States. With an appendix, containing the acts of Congress relating to copy-right (New York 1834).

Persons referred to:

Arden, Sir Richard, 1st Baron Alvanley
Aston, Richard
Baldwin, Henry
Binney, Horace
Blackstone, William
Brent, Daniel Carroll
Brown, Josiah
Burrow, Sir James
Camden, Charles Pratt, 1st Earl
Carey, Henry Charles
Carey, Matthew
Carte, Thomas
Charles II
Chase, Samuel
Christian, Edward
Clay, Henry
Coke, Sir Edward
Cranch, William
Croke, Sir George
Dalison, William
Dallas, Alexander James
Donaldson, Robert
Duponceau, Peter Stephen
Duvall, Gabriel
Eldon, John Scott, 1st Earl of
Elizabeth I
Ellenborough, Edward Law, 1st Baron
Erskine, Thomas, 1st Baron
Eyre, Sir James
Gibbs, Sir Vicary
Godson, Richard
Grigg, John
Hale, Sir Matthew
Halstead, O.
Hobart, Sir Henry
Hopkinson, Joseph
Ingersoll, Joseph Reed
Johnson, Samuel
Lea, Isaac
Madison, James
Mansfield, William Murray, 1st Earl
Marshall, John
Maugham, Robert
McKean, Thomas
Merlin, Philippe-Antoine
Oakley, Thomas Jackson
Paine, Elijah
Penn, William
Peters, Richard, Jr.
Pufendorf, Samuel, Freiherr von
Sergeant, Thomas
Story, Joseph
Thompson, Smith
Van Buren, Martin
Vattel, Emerich de
Washington, Bushrod
Webster, Noah
Wheaton, Henry
Willes, Edward
Yates, Joseph
Yorke, Philip, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

Places referred to:
Great Britain
New York
North Carolina

Cases referred to:
Almy v. Harris (1809), 5 Johns (N. Y.) 175
Beckford v. Hood (1798) 7 D. & E. 620
Bell v. Walker and Debrett (1785) 1 Bro.C.C. 451
Blackwell v. Harper (1740) 2 Atk. 93
Cary v. Kearsley (1804) 4 Esp. 168
Donaldson v. Becket (1774) 4 Burr. 2408, 2 Bro. P.C. 129
Ewer v. Coxe (1824), 4 Wash. C. C. Rep. 490
Gibbons v. Ogden 22 U.S. 1 (1824)
Harrison v. Hogg (1794) 2 Ves. Jun. 323
Houston v. Moore (1820), 5 Wheaton
Millar v. Taylor (1769) 4 Burr. 2303
Newton v. Cowie (1822) 4 Bing 234
Nichols v. Ruggles (1808), 3 Day 145
Percival v. Phipps (1813), 2 Ves. & Beames 19
Pope v. Curl (1741) 2 Atk. 342
Roper v. Streater (1672) Bac. Abr. 6th ed., Vol.IV, 209
Stationers' Company v. Parker (1686), King's Bench
Stationers' Company v. Seymour (1677) 1 Mod. 256
Tonson v. Walker (1752) NA, c.11 1106/18, 3 Swans 672
University of Cambridge v. Bryer (1812) 16 East's 317
Wheaton v. Peters (1834) 33 U.S. 591

Institutions referred to:
Connecticut Supreme Court of Errors
Court of Chancery, England
Court of King's Bench
House of Lords
Matthew Carey & Sons, Philadelphia (publishing firm)
Patent Office, U.S. Department of State
Pennsylvania Eastern District Court
Star Chamber
Stationers' Company
Stationers' Hall
U.S. Congress
U.S. Department of State, Washington
U.S. Secretary of State's Office
U.S. Supreme Court

Code Pénal 1810
Connecticut Copyright Statute 1783
Copyright Act, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.156
Engravers' Copyright Act, 1735, 8 Geo.II, c.13
Engravers' Copyright Act, 1766, 7 Geo.III, c.38
Engravers' Copyright Act, 1777, 17 Geo.III, c.57
French Imperial decree on the book trade 1810
Licensing Act, 1662, 13 & 14 Car.II, c.33
Maryland Literary Property Statute 1783
Massachusetts Copyright Statute 1783
New Hampshire Copyright Statute 1783
New Jersey Copyright Statute 1783
New York Copyright Statute 1786
North Carolina Literary Property Statute 1785
Ordinance against Unlicensed or Scandalous Pamphlets 1647
Statute of Anne, 1710, 8 Anne, c.19
U.S. Congress Act of 1819, giving the circuit courts original jurisdiction over copyright cases
U.S. Congress Act of 3 March 1817, relating to the office of Reporter of the Supreme Court
U.S. Constitutional Copyright Clause 1789
U.S. Copyright Act 1790, 1 Stat. 124 (1790)
U.S. Copyright Act 1802 (Amendment of 1790 Act), 2 Stat. 171 (1802)
U.S. Copyright Act 1831, 21st Cong., 2d Sess., 4 Stat. 436
Virginia Copyright Statute 1785

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constitution, US
excluded subject matter
labour theory
law books
natural rights
patents, for invention
perpetual protection
property analogies
property theory
property theory, authors' property
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