Literary Copyright Reform in Early Victorian England: The Framing of the 1842 Copyright Act

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 20, 1999 - Law - 300 pages
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Talfourd's first Copyright Bill was presented in 1837, and the public and Parliamentary controversy it provoked is reflected in contemporary pamphlets, correspondence, and hundreds of petitions presented to Parliament, as well as in the changing aims of the bill itself. In addition to the expected debate as to the nature of literary property and the economic effects on the publishing trade, discussion of copyright law raised broader questions; the relative values of literature and science, the importance of public education, the dangers of monopolies, and the nature of public interest. In a period of social, political and technological upheaval, these were incendiary matters. Talfourd audaciously demanded not only a considerable extension of copyright term, but also international protection. This 1999 book explores and sets in context the making of the Copyright Act 1842, using it to illuminate enduring issues and difficulties in the legal concept of intellectual property.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The 1842 Act passage and position
6
Copyright its nature and history
9
Talfourd and his aims
16
Conflicting rationales
19
Alternatives to copyright a profession of authorship?
26
PETITIONS AND COPYRIGHT
33
Petitions forms and formalities
36
Cheap publications the book trade
109
Cooperation and organisation
111
The campaign against the bills
115
THE CAMPAIGN IN THE DAILY PRESS
128
Londong dailies
132
Evening papers
145
Conclusion
148
AUTHORS AND THE BEGINNINGS OF AUTHORS ORGANISATIONS
149

Petitions volume and subjects
37
CRITICS IN PARLIAMENT
40
Political crosscurrents
48
Broughman
51
Macaulay
60
CRITICS IN THE BOOK TRADE I PRINT WORKERS AND THEIR ALLIES
68
Printers
69
The dispute spreads journeymen 183940
81
The process of diffusion
84
CRITICS IN THE BOOK TRADE II PUBLISHING AND PUBLISHERS
100
The book trade and authors
101
Cheap publications the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
105
Southey
153
Wordsworth campaign manager
159
THE MAKING OF THE CASE FOR THE BILL
176
The argument in the periodicals
195
CONCLUSION
210
Chronology of the bills
219
Successive versions of the bill
221
The Copyright Act 1842
258
Bibliography
277
Index
293
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