Senate Report, Washington D.C. (1837)

Source: The University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library: 24th Cong, 2d sess., 1837, Rep. 179.

Senate Report, Washington D.C. (1837), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Report, with Senate Bill No. 223

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The report of a select Senate committee to which a petition for international copyright protection was referred. The report recommended amending the copyright law as to provide for international copyright protection in the United States. The report was part of a campaign for international copyright protection started in the 1830s. The first stage of this campaign lasted until the mid 1850s and despite several legislation attempt ended in failure. The commentary discusses the various interests that supported or opposed international copyright protection, their lobbying efforts, and the ideological arguments employed by them.

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  • Clark, Aubert J. The Movement for International Copyright in Nineteenth Century America. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1960.

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Year: 1837

Location: Washington D.C.

Language: English

Source: The University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library: 24th Cong, 2d sess., 1837, Rep. 179.

Persons referred to:
Carlyle, Thomas
Clay, Henry
Edgeworth, Maria
Everett, Edward
Irving, Washington
Southey, Robert

Places referred to:
Great Britain

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
U.S. Senate

French Imperial decree on the book trade 1810
U.S. Copyright Act 1831, 21st Cong., 2d Sess., 4 Stat. 436
U.S. Patent Law 1836

authors' remuneration
book trade
foreign reprints
international agreements, bilateral
learning, the advancement of
patents, for invention
property analogies
property theory, authors' property
public good

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