Literary Copyright Reform in Early Victorian England: The Framing of the 1842 Copyright Act
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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The 1842 Act passage and position
Copyright its nature and history
Talfourd and his aims
Alternatives to copyright a profession of authorship?
PETITIONS AND COPYRIGHT
Petitions forms and formalities
Cheap publications the book trade
Cooperation and organisation
The campaign against the bills
THE CAMPAIGN IN THE DAILY PRESS
AUTHORS AND THE BEGINNINGS OF AUTHORS ORGANISATIONS
Petitions volume and subjects
CRITICS IN PARLIAMENT
CRITICS IN THE BOOK TRADE I PRINT WORKERS AND THEIR ALLIES
The dispute spreads journeymen 183940
The process of diffusion
CRITICS IN THE BOOK TRADE II PUBLISHING AND PUBLISHERS
The book trade and authors
Cheap publications the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
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