S. 227 (Dramatic Works Public Performance Bill), Washington D.C. (1841)

Source: Library of Congress, American Memory: Bills and Resolutions of the House and Senate, S. 227, 26th Cong. (1841).

S. 227 (Dramatic Works Public Performance Bill), Washington D.C. (1841), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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A BILL To secure to the authors of dramatic works their property therein.

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A Bill that for the first time in the United States attempted to extend a public performance entitlement to dramatic works. The bill never passed and a public performance entitlement for dramatic works was legislated only in 1856.

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  • McConachie Bruce A., Melodramatic Formations: American Theater and Society, 1820-1870. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1992.

  • Foust, Clement E. The Life and Dramatic Works of Robert Montgomery Bird. New York: The Knickerbocker Press, 1919.

  • Bradley, Edward Sculley. George Henry Boker, Poet and Patriot. London: Oxford University Press, 1927.

Related documents in this database:
1844: H.R. 9 (Ingersoll Bill)
1856: Copyright Act Amendment
1870: Committee Report on S.703

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Publisher: N/A

Year: 1841

Location: Washington D.C.

Language: English

Source: Library of Congress, American Memory: Bills and Resolutions of the House and Senate, S. 227, 26th Cong. (1841).

Persons referred to:
Preston, William Campbell

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U.S. Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate


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dramatico-musical works, protected subject matter
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