A Short History of Copyright: The Genie of Information by Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald

By Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald

This ebook tells the tale of the way, over centuries, humans, society and tradition created legislation affecting provide of data. within the 21 century, uniform international copyright legislation are claimed to be vital to the luck of leisure, web and different info industries. Do copyright legislation inspire details movement? Many say that copyright legislation restrict dissemination, harming society. within the final three hundred years, industries armed with copyrights managed output and distribution. Now the internet’s disruption of financial styles may perhaps extensively reshape details law. details freedom, a resource of emancipation, might switch the world.

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Ashcroft 537 US 186 (2003). 7 The Copyright Act 1790 31 most people restricted opportunity for leisure or learning the protection of literature is not an uppermost concern. For much of the eighteenth century, energies were diverted away from authorship. Could the Statute of Anne have regulated the colonies, it would have functioned, as did imperial legislation in the nineteenth century, to secure for British publishers control over colonial trade in books. Had imperial legislation applied to eighteenth century American colonies, British trade monopoly could only have stoked revolutionary flames.

First, it applied to maps and charts as well as books. Later legislation added engravings, etchings and prints (1802), ‘music’ and ‘cuts’ (1831),26 and by 1871 the panoply included dramatic or musical compositions, paintings, drawings, chromo, statutes, statuary, photographs, negatives and fine art models or designs. Already, Congress contemplated that copyright law would move beyond the realm of books and publishers and extend to fields that were related only to the extent that output involved multiple copying, and the exposure of copies for sale (an act the law recognized as a species of publication).

Harvard University Press, Cambridge Russell B (1946) A history of western philosophy. Allen & Unwin, London 30 See Hegel (1821/1991). 1 The Nineteenth Century The first half of the nineteenth century witnessed the triumph of a principle that has governed the growth of copyright law to the present. If today copyright proponents take for granted that copyright law must grow like a tree and reach for the sky, it is because in the nineteenth century, politicians, and more slowly judges,1 forgot the old injunctions that copyright laws must encourage learning.

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