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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The Question of Literary Property I
The Regime of Regulation
Making Copyright

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About the author (1993)

Mark Rose is Executive Director of Fauna and Flora International.

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