Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright

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Harvard University Press, 1993 - Law - 176 pages
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The notion of the author as the creator and therefore the first owner of a work is deeply rooted both in our economic system and in our concept of the individual. But this concept of authorship is modern. Mark Rose traces the formation of copyright in eighteenth-century Britain--and in the process highlights still current issues of intellectual property. Authors and Owners is at once a fascinating look at an important episode in legal history and a significant contribution to literary and cultural history.

  

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Contents

+ The Question of Literary Property I
1
The Regime of Regulation
9
Making Copyright
31
The Author in Court
49
0 Battle of the Booksellers
67
Literary Property Determined
92
Property Originality Personality
123
Strange Changes 730
130
Appendix A Documents Related to Pope v Curll
145
Appendix B Justice Nares Vote in Donaldson v Becket
154
Works Cited
159
Index
171
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About the author (1993)

Mark Rose is Director of the University of California at Irvine Humanities Research Institute and Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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