By Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald
This publication tells the tale of ways, over centuries, humans, society and tradition created legislation affecting provide of knowledge. within the 21 century, uniform international copyright legislation are claimed to be imperative to the good fortune of leisure, net and different details industries. Do copyright legislation inspire 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 may well greatly reshape info legislation. details freedom, a resource of emancipation, may possibly switch the world.
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The invention, towards the end of the nineteenth century, of machines for recording sounds, and playing recordings, fuelled their sense of grievance. If an invention allowed manufacturers to profit from the use of their works, then were they not entitled to share in the profits? By the beginning of the twentieth century, advocates of authors’ rights loudly vented their bitterness. Machines for playing sound recordings, usually called phonographs,2 were transforming society in the United States, Great Britain and Europe.
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. They now participated in a common market. Political stability and the expansion of commerce in the unified kingdom stimulated the taste for literature and the production of books. If the booksellers were ordinary merchants, they would have rejoiced in a time of plenty.
On the other hand, parliamentary drafters in the United Kingdom only ceased to tie literary property to ‘a Book’ in 1911, when new copyright legislation adopted the categories of copyright works. 3 Although the grant to the Stationers’ Company recognized a power to make copies, thus establishing a formal copyright, the Stationers’ rights related to the printing of books, not the content of the books. The Statute of Anne established, explicitly, copyright in the book, although it did not refer to copyright in the intangible elements of the book—what later came to be known as the ‘literary work’.
A Short History of Copyright: The Genie of Information by Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald