The Internationalisation of Copyright Law: Books, Buccaneers and the Black Flag in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law)

The Internationalisation of Copyright Law: Books, Buccaneers and the Black Flag in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law)

Catherine Seville

Language: English

Pages: 372

ISBN: 0521123038

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Technological developments have shaped copyright law's development, and now the prospect of endless, effortless digital copying poses a significant challenge to modern copyright law. Many complain that copyright protection has burgeoned wildly, far beyond its original boundaries. Some have questioned whether copyright can survive the digital age. From a historical perspective, however, many of these 'new' challenges are simply fresh presentations of familiar dilemmas. This book explores the history of international copyright law, and looks at how this history is relevant today. It focuses on international copyright during the nineteenth century, as it affected Europe, the British colonies (particularly Canada), America, and the UK. As we consider the reform of modern copyright law, nineteenth-century experiences offer highly relevant empirical evidence. Copyright law has proved itself robust and flexible over several centuries. If directed with vision, Seville argues, it can negotiate cyberspace.

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manufacturing clause. There was a proposal from Edgar Jones for a deposit copy of every book in Welsh, for the recently founded Welsh national library. The bill was referred to the standing committee, and there it was sig- nificantly changed. The extended term was subjected to the qualifica- tion of compulsory licensing after twenty-five years (or thirty for subsisting copyright works). The power to grant compulsory licences for withholding work was given to the Judicial Committee of the

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suggestion that an author should have (in effect) a right of retraction: ‘the proposition is absurd’. 43 First steps towards a Union of literary property: the Berne conferences 1883–6 The International Literary Association held annual conferences in var- ious European cities, and its members continued to press for interna- tional copyright laws which were universalist in nature. A model law (drafted privately) was discussed at the 1882 Rome Congress. A more pragmatic suggestion emerged

from this Congress, put forward by Dr Paul Schmidt of the German Publishers’ Guild (Boersenverein der deut- schen Buchha¨ndler). He proposed a union of literary property (une Union de la proprie´teĺitteŕaire) on the model of the General Postal Union created in 1874. 44 An important aspect of the scheme was that the ideas and views of all interested parties should be taken into account in its development. Since this consultation could not be done on the spot, it was proposed that ‘a

several of those signing Irving’s petition either owned or edited mammoths. 65 On his return home, Dickens sent a printed circular to British authors and journals, stating that he would never again send early proofs to America, nor accept payment from this source. He did not presume to suggest that others take this strong line, but he did ask them to act against ‘the editors and proprietors of newspapers almost exclusively devoted to the republication of popular English works’, by which he

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