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Bluntschli: On Authors' Rights, Munich (1853)

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Bluntschli: On Authors' Rights, Munich (1853), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Chapter Six

On Author’s Rights

§. 46

1. The History and Nature of Author’s Rights

      1. The concept of author’s rights belongs to modern jurisprudence. Its
earliest origins are already to be found in


1) French book publishers’ statute of 1618, Art. 33 (see Renouard I, p.120):
“All book publishers, printers and binders are to be forbidden from reprinting
those books for which a privilege from Your Majesty has been obtained. All
book publishers, printers, and binders of this city of Paris will also be
forbidden from obtaining any extension to their privileges for the printing of
books from the said publishers if they do not provide compensation for the
books whose privileges have expired.”

2) Verdict on [book] privileges, 1777 (Renouard I, p.167): “His Majesty has
recognized that a book publishers’ privilege


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