Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright

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Harvard University Press, 1993 - Law - 176 pages
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

no The Question of Literary Property
1
The Regime of Regulation
9
Making Copyright
31
e The Author in Court
49
e Battle of the Booksellers
67
no Literary Property Determined
92
Property Originality Personality
113
Strange Changes
130
Appendix A Documents Related to Pope v Curll
145
Appendix B Justice Nares Vote in Donaldson v Becket
154
Index
171
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Mark Rose is Research Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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