# Primary Sources on Copyright - Record Viewer
Venetian Decree on Pre-publication Censorship, Venice (1527)

Source: N/A

Citation:
Venetian Decree on Pre-publication Censorship, Venice (1527), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

Back | Record | Images | No Commentaries
Translation only | Transcription only | Show all | Bundled images as pdf

1 translated page

Chapter 1 Page 1


                   29 January 1527

Since the licences to print the books are easily granted to everyone in this City, it had
been noted on several occasions that dishonest works came out in print, the works of bad
nature; which ought to be remedied by an appropriate order, and therefore it has been
decreed that from now in future no one shall be permitted to print, or sell printed copies,
of any work, or a newly composed book which has never been printed, either in verse, or
in prose, regardless in what language, unless a permission is obtained from the heads of
this Council with the decree signed by their own hands; which permission and decree,
however, shall be granted after the aforesaid work had been reviewed by at least two
persons, whoever the heads will chose to call upon to see and examine that work and to
report their opinion in writing under the oath. And it may not be permitted to do
otherwise on pain of loss of the printed works, and other penalties; and so under the
aforementioned penalties it is not permitted to sell in this city any newly composed work,
and also any work printed elsewhere without the licence of the heads of this council, as
specified above. Having declared that no one may print any book, either newly
composed, or no longer in print, unless he presents a written licence, as it has been stated
above.

And this decree shall be published on [the steps of] the Rialto to the knowledge of
everyone.




Translation by:

    

Our Partners


Copyright statement

You may copy and distribute the translations and commentaries in this resource, or parts of such translations and commentaries, in any medium, for non-commercial purposes as long as the authorship of the commentaries and translations is acknowledged, and you indicate the source as Bently & Kretschmer (eds), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900) (www.copyrighthistory.org).

You may not publish these documents for any commercial purposes, including charging a fee for providing access to these documents via a network. This licence does not affect your statutory rights of fair dealing.

Although the original documents in this database are in the public domain, we are unable to grant you the right to reproduce or duplicate some of these documents in so far as the images or scans are protected by copyright or we have only been able to reproduce them here by giving contractual undertakings. For the status of any particular images, please consult the information relating to copyright in the bibliographic records.


Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DZ, UK