American Authors and British Pirates, New York (1888)

Source: The University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library 051 P936: Samuel Clemens and Brander Matthews, 'American Authors and British Pirates,' New Princeton Review 5 (1888): 47-65.

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An exchange between Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Brander Matthews on the subject of international copyright protection. The American Copyright League republished the exchange as a pamphlet as part of its campaign for legislating international copyright protection. The exchange was part of the public debate over the question of international copyright that was renewed after the Civil War.

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Author: Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Brander Matthews

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1888

Location: New York

Language: English

Source: The University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library 051 P936: Samuel Clemens and Brander Matthews, 'American Authors and British Pirates,' New Princeton Review 5 (1888): 47-65.

Persons referred to:
Bethell, Richard, 1st Baron Westbury
Cairns, Hugh McCalmont Cairns, 1st Earl
Champney, Elizabeth Williams
Cummins, Maria Susanna
Estes, Dana
Green, Anna Katharine
Habberton, John
Haggard, Sir Henry Rider
Harris, Townsend
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Heine, Heinrich
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth
House, Edward Howard
Howells, William Dean
Lang, Andrew
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Mason, Edward Tuckerman
Matthews, Brander
Matthews, William
McNeill, Duncan, 1st Baron Colonsay
Newton, James King
Putnam, George Haven
Roe, Edward Payson
Rolfe, Robert Monsey, 1st Baron Cranworth
Routledge, George
Sonnenschein, William Swan
Stevenson, Robert Louis Balfour
Stowe, Harriet Elizabeth, née Beecher
Thesiger, Frederick, 1st Baron Chelmsford
Twain, Mark
Warner, Charles Dudley

Places referred to:
Bahamas Islands
Boston, Massachusetts
Great Britain
Hartford, Connecticut
New York

Cases referred to:
Jeffreys v. Boosey (1854) 4 HLC 815
Low v. Routledge (1865-1868)

Institutions referred to:
George Routledge & Sons, publishing house (London)
House of Lords
Library of Congress
U.S. Congress

Copyright Amendment Act, 1842, 5 & 6 Vict., c.45
French International Copyright Act 1852
International Copyright Act, 1844, 7 & 8 Vict., c.12
International Copyright Act, 1875, 38 & 39 Vict., c.12
International Copyright Act, 1886, 49 & 50 Vict., c.33
Statute of Anne, 1710, 8 Anne, c.19

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