International Copyright Act (The Chace Act), Washington D.C. (1891)

Source: The University of Texas Tarlton Law Library: 26 Stat. 1106

International Copyright Act (The Chace Act), Washington D.C. (1891), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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An act to amend title sixty, chapter three, of the Revised Statutes of the United States, relating to copyrights

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A statutory amendment that introduced for the first time copyright protection to the works of foreign authors in the United States. The amendment was the result of more than half a century of public debate on the subject and of political struggles. The commentary briefly explores the ideological positions and the lobbying efforts of various interest groups during the second part of the campaign for international copyright that took place after the Civil War.

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

  • Barnes, James J. Authors, Publishers, and Politicians: The Quest for an Anglo-American Copyright Agreement, 1815-1854. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1974.

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Year: 1891

Location: Washington D.C.

Language: English

Source: The University of Texas Tarlton Law Library: 26 Stat. 1106

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