Venetian Reprint of the French Decree of 30 August 1777, on the duration of privileges, Venice (1780)

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Venetian Reprint of the French Decree of 30 August 1777, on the duration of privileges, Venice (1780), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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regulating the duration
of booksellers’ privileges.

Of 30 August 1777.

Extract from the Registers of the Council
of State

      Having been made acquainted in Council with memoranda
from a number of booksellers, both in Paris and in the
provinces, concerning the duration of privileges and the
property in published works, His Majesty the King has
acknowledged: that the privilege in bookselling is a favour
which is founded in justice, and whose object it is, when
accorded to an author, to reward his labour, and when
accorded to a bookseller, to guarantee the reimbursement
of any advance and to indemnify him against costs incurred:
that the differing purposes of these privileges ought to be
reflected in their duration: that the author clearly has a
greater right to a more enduring favour, while the bookseller


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