Description

The world's first copyright legislation, Britain's Statute of Anne, becomes effective and limits term of copyright on books: 21 years for books already in print, 14 years for new books, and additional 14 years if author still alive at end of first term

Location

London

Rate

Very important (8)

Sphere

Politics

Quotations

Whereas Printers, Booksellers, and other Persons, have of late frequently taken the Liberty of Printing, Reprinting, and Publishing, or causing to be Printed, Reprinted, and Published Books, and other Writings, without the Consent of the Authors or Proprietors of such Books and Writings, to their very great Detriment, and too often to the Ruin of them and their Families: For Preventing therefore such Practices for the future, and for the Encouragement of Learned Men to Compose and Write useful Books;

Statute of Anne

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