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

By Brian Fitzgerald, Benedict Atkinson

This booklet 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 fundamental to the luck 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 financial styles may perhaps noticeably reshape details legislation. info freedom, a resource of emancipation, may well swap the world.

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In non-English-speaking countries, many drafters of copyright codes adopted French ideas about copyright. In the civil law countries apologists did not struggle to justify copyrights, and in those jurisdictions, the author occupied the central place in the process of production. The common-sense tradition of English-speaking countries did not so readily accord special status to authors. Few citizens of either the United States or the United Kingdom believed that nature decreed authors to be a privileged class of human beings, and their legislatures did not depart from the principle that any privilege granted to authors must be justified by its public utility.

1679), John Locke (d. 1704), Montesquieu (d. 1755),15 Voltaire (d. 1778),16 Jean-Jaques Rousseau (d. 1778), Denis Diderot (d. 1784) and Immanuel Kant (d. 1804) advanced ideas about human freedom. 19 From their deliberations emerged a those involving multiple states. Conflict in western Europe began before Luther’s death in 1546, closed temporarily in 1555 (Peace of Augsburg), continued fitfully in the later part of the sixteenth century, then erupted in 1618 in a war of Empire and states. This war, brought to an end by the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, consumed a large part of central and western Europe.

1 In a climate of prodigious economic energy, the trend towards more invention and more production could not fail to affect the narrow world of copyright, until now defined by the accommodations of authors and publishers. Writers and 1 Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘The White Man’s Burden’, published in 1899, referred to US imperialism in the Philippines. The United States annexed the Philippines from Spain in 1898, after the Spanish-American War, and waged war on Filipino independence forces under Emilio Aguinaldo until he declared allegiance in 1901.

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