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Austrian Statutes on Censorship and Printing, Vienna (1785)

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Austrian Statutes on Censorship and Printing, Vienna (1785), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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and banking administration departments.

            Imperial decree of 30 June 1781.

            The priors of monasteries are to have all texts sent by the provincial book
revision board read through without delay by their lectors, preachers, or other
proficient regulars, and provided with certificates confirming whether or not these
works contain anything that is contrary to good morals, religion, or the State.

            Imperial decree of 31 July 1781.

Without imprimatur. N. II.

            In future, neither newspapers nor calendars, nor anything else, may be
printed unless they have imprimatur [printing authorised] written
on them. Moreover, in order to preclude any confusion, the book publishers are
obliged to always leave behind at the revision board a receipt of the approved books
which the latter has handed out to them. In the opposite case, when a book is not
approved for printing, the censor who examined it is himself to issue the publisher
concerned with a signed receipt.

            Imperial decree of 11 June 1781.


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