A Short History of Copyright: The Genie of Information by Brian Fitzgerald, Benedict Atkinson PDF

By Brian Fitzgerald, Benedict Atkinson

ISBN-10: 3319020749

ISBN-13: 9783319020747

This publication tells the tale of ways, over centuries, humans, society and tradition created legislation affecting provide of data. within the 21 century, uniform international copyright legislation are claimed to be necessary to the good fortune of leisure, web and different details industries. Do copyright legislation motivate info stream? Many say that copyright legislation restrict dissemination, harming society. within the final three hundred years, industries armed with copyrights managed output and distribution. Now the internet’s disruption of monetary styles might appreciably reshape info rules. info freedom, a resource of emancipation, could switch the world.

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For many years after the enactment of the Statute of Anne, booksellers, their ranks swollen by the astute Scottish publishers concentrated in Edinburgh, fought each other tooth and nail for shares of an ever-growing market. Demand boomed against a background of national confidence and political unity. The 1707 Act of Union had joined the parliaments of England and Scotland, and the people of each country, already united under a single monarch, became citizens of one political entity, the United Kingdom.

Cambridge, Berlin Locke J (1689/1988) Two treatises of government. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Rose M (1994) Owners and authors: the invention of copyright. Harvard University Press, Cambridge Russell B (1946) A history of western philosophy. Allen & Unwin, London 30 See Hegel (1821/1991). 1 The Nineteenth Century The first half of the nineteenth century witnessed the triumph of a principle that has governed the growth of copyright law to the present. If today copyright proponents take for granted that copyright law must grow like a tree and reach for the sky, it is because in the nineteenth century, politicians, and more slowly judges,1 forgot the old injunctions that copyright laws must encourage learning.

A perpetual term, while useful to the beneficiaries of copyright in those rare books for which demand never fails, was of nil present value to the booksellers. Nor did the booksellers contend with an aggressive band of authors driving hard bargains and eating into their margins. The idea of authors winning much more than fame or repute from their books, though gestating, could hardly be said to be a predominant factor in the publishers’ pecuniary calculations. Emotion seems to have distorted the mental processes of these hard men of business.

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