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Copyright -- History

View Resource Library of Congress: Timeline of Copyright Milestones

Prior to the Statute of Anne, which was passed in England on April 10, 1710, the rights of authors and publishers to control the copying and distribution of their work went largely unacknowledged. However, after that landmark law, a number of nations instituted copyright laws similar to the ones we know today, including laws passed in the post-Revolutionary War United States. On this page from the...