Primary Sources on Copyright

Primary Sources on Copyright (1450–1900) is a digital resource concerning the history of copyright in five key jurisdictions including France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the US, for the period before 1900. I enjoyed reading the text of discussion and argument concerning the interpretation of laws passed and opinions from the government coincidental with the beginnings of the printed word.

These items are not necessarily documents that we would access on a regular basis but they are certainly fun to peruse as a curiosity or as fodder for a debate about the direction copyright has taken since these original documents. Although the number of core documents was limited for each country, each core document was connected to contextual documents that have been fully cataloged leading the reader to a more complete understanding of copyright.

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