9780521868167

The Internationalisation of Copyright Law: Books, Buccaneers and the Black Flag in the Nineteenth Century

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521868167

  • ISBN10:

    0521868165

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-12-04
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Technological developments have shaped copyright law's development, and now the prospect of endless, effortless digital copying poses a significant challenge to modern copyright law. Many complain that copyright protection has burgeoned wildly, far beyond its original boundaries. Some have questioned whether copyright can survive the digital age. From a historical perspective, however, many of these 'new' challenges are simply fresh presentations of familiar dilemmas. This book explores the history of international copyright law, and looks at how this history is relevant today. It focuses on international copyright during the nineteenth century, as it affected Europe, the British colonies (particularly Canada), America, and the UK. As we consider the reform of modern copyright law, nineteenth-century experiences offer highly relevant empirical evidence. Copyright law has proved itself robust and flexible over several centuries. If directed with vision, Seville argues, it can negotiate cyberspace.

Table of Contents

Table of cases vi
Table of statutes ix
Table of abbreviations and archive sources xii
Acknowledgements xv
1 Introduction 1
2 International copyright: four interconnected histories 22
3 Towards the Berne Union 41
4 Colonial challenges 78
5 The independence of America 146
6 Domestic problems 253
7 The colours of cyberspace 296
Bibliography 328
Index 347

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