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Primary Sources on Copyright, 1450-1900

This website, initially funded by the United Kingdom Arts and Humanities Council, uses primary source material from Italy, France, Germany, the UK, and the United States to trace the beginnings of copyright. For each of these geographical zones/jurisdictions, a national editor was responsible for "selecting, sourcing, transcribing, translating and commenting documents." Documents found here include "privileges, statutes, judicial decisions, contracts and materials relating to legislative history, but also contemporary letters, essays, treatises and artefacts." The site is loaded with information, and various ways to search for material. Searching by "date" and "location" is one way to search. See the menu on the left side of the page to see the available search and browse options, such as "country", "original language", "name", and "place".
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Date of Scout Publication 2009-05-08
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