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By Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald

This e-book tells the tale of the way, over centuries, humans, society and tradition created legislation affecting offer of knowledge. within the 21 century, uniform worldwide copyright legislation are claimed to be necessary to the good fortune of leisure, web and different info industries. Do copyright legislation motivate 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 could greatly reshape info legislation. info freedom, a resource of emancipation, could switch the world.

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9 France and Moral Rights Enacted near the beginning and end of the eighteenth century, the Statute of Anne and the US Copyright Act struck at privilege, and the political absolutism from which privilege sprang. Although each granted monopoly rights of relatively short sale of volumes compiled. His successor, Peters, continued to compile reports and he abridged for sale Wheaton’s earlier texts. The cheaper abridged versions outsold Wheaton’s original texts and Wheaton sued Peters for copyright infringement.

Most parliamentarians disliked the arbitrary exercise of royal power. However, in the first seven decades of the eighteenth century, Parliament did not prevent the grant of a number of royal privileges to music publishers. 6 Though the booksellers correctly interpreted the prevailing political sentiment against any cause associated with the Stationers they lobbied hardest for legislation, and in 1709, arranged for their supporters to submit a bill drafted to remedy the damage done by unauthorized reprints to ‘the Properties’ of ‘Proprietors’ and the ‘Discouragement of all Writers’.

Letter to James Madison, 6 September 1789 (see Atkinson and Fitzgerald 2011). 25 The case concerned the suit of Wheaton, the Supreme Court’s Reporter of Decisions. 9 France and Moral Rights 33 The Act of 1790 did, however, depart from the Statute of Anne in two important respects. 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.

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