Copyright and Natural Right, New York (1852)

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Copyright and Natural Right, New York (1852), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Copyright and Natural Right - Letter from Harriet Beecher Stowe

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A letter from Harriet Beecher Stowe to 'New York Daily Tribune' on the subject of copyright and publisher-author relations. The writer was involved at the time in a copyright dispute over an unauthorized German translation of her book 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'. The dispute led to the decision in the case of Stowe v. Thomas that rejected the claim that copyright protection prohibited translations.

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  • Kaplan, Benjamin. An Unhurried View of Copyright. New York: Columbia University Press, 1967.

  • ___. American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822-1869. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

  • Homestead, Melissa J. ''When I can Read my Title Clear': Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Stowe v. Thomas Copyright Infringement Case.' 27 Prospects 201 (2002).

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1853: Stowe v. Thomas
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1853: Stowe v. Thomas, Defendant's Answer
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Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1852

Location: New York

Language: English

Source: American Antiquarian Society

Persons referred to:
Bosworth, Thomas
Fraser, James
Greeley, Horace
Stowe, Harriet Elizabeth, née Beecher

Places referred to:
Brunswick, Maine

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U.S. Copyright Act 1831, 21st Cong., 2d Sess., 4 Stat. 436

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