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 fundamental to the good fortune of leisure, net and different details industries. Do copyright legislation inspire details circulation? 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 possibly notably reshape details law. info freedom, a resource of emancipation, could switch the world.
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For the first time, legislation recognized an author’s—not bookseller’s—right to control the reproduction of books. 3 The Act also resolved long-standing antagonism between publishers and parliamentarians, many of whom wanted to drive a dagger through the heart of the booksellers’ monopoly. Parliament’s dislike of the Stationers’ Company could be dated to at least the Civil War and possibly long before,4 and after the so-called 1 The Act stated that the Stationers’ copyright in books continued for another 21 years.
So began the era of nation states, but more significantly, so far as developments concerning social equality are concerned, the Treaty of Westphalia introduced a principle of religious toleration, allowing non-conforming citizens of Catholic, Lutheran or Calvinist states freedom of religious practice. It marked the end of wars in Europe involving primary dispute over religion. 14 In short, the philosophy of liberty, which is not a doctrine but a kind of syllabus of different writings and documents, especially those of the seventeenth to eighteenth centuries, reaching apotheosis, though not finality, in the declarations of independence promulgated during the revolutions of the United States and France (1776 and 1793).
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 Short History of Copyright: The Genie of Information by Benedict Atkinson, Brian Fitzgerald